Sterling Bradley

Obituary of Sterling Gaylen Bradley

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Sterling Gaylen Bradley, beloved husband, father, grandfather, scientist, and educator, peacefully passed away at the DuBose Health Center at the Cedars in Chapel Hill NC, on May 9, 2024. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.


Gaylen was born in Springfield MO to Benn and Lora Bradley. He earned his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and completed his MS and PhD at Northwestern University.


Throughout his remarkable life, Dr Bradley distinguished himself as a prolific researcher, dedicated educator, and esteemed academic leader. He chaired the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and served as Dean of Basic Sciences at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University. He was Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Center and served as a visiting professor at Penn State College of Medicine.


Dr Bradley was widely recognized for his unwavering commitment to mentoring individuals across all stages of education and career development, from grade school students to doctoral candidates and junior faculty. He generously welcomed international students into his home through his involvement with Rotary International, and was an active leader in Boy Scouts and Indian Guides, where he fostered leadership skills among youth.


Preceded in death by his parents, brother, and youngest child Kevin, Dr Bradley is survived by his devoted wife, Dr Judith Bond, four children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Gloria, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Dr Bradley's legacy of groundbreaking research, visionary leadership, and profound dedication to nurturing talent will be forever cherished and celebrated by all who had the privilege of knowing him.


In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, please consider a gift to your favorite educational institution, food security program or youth organization.


Walker's Funeral Home- Chapel Hill is respectfully serving the Bradley family. 

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