Dennis Michael Bradford passed away Dec. 10, 2015, in Nacogdoches. Bradford was a Marine and a scholar. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 17, 1948, and moved to Texas in 1966. After high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 70. After leaving active duty, Bradford attended the University of Houston, where he received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and juris doctorate. He later earned a master’s degree in history from SFA.
Bradford was a charter member of the Pineywoods Detachment 1189 of the Marine Corps League, where he served as detachment commandant. Though trained in law, Bradford loved history and taught as an adjunct professor at SFA for several years. His service to the university extended beyond the classroom to his work with military veterans, and he served as a mentor and friend to other veterans on SFA’s campus. He retired from SFA in summer 2015.
Bradford published scholarly articles in the East Texas Historical Journal and was an active member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association and the East Texas Historical Association, where he served as a board member and chair of a number of committees, the most recent being the Archie McDonald Scholarship Committee.
Bradford is survived by his wife, Mary Frances, a son and two daughters.