Former Horticulture and Forestry Department Chair Dies

George Bradley, professor emeritus of horticulture and forestry.
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George Bradley, professor emeritus of horticulture and forestry.

George Bradley, 96, died Jan. 28, 2023. Bradley was the former chair of the U of A Department of Horticulture and Forestry from 1968 to 1991, when he retired. Bradley did lots of work throughout the state of Arkansas with regard to tomatoes, rice, spinach and fruit. He also served as a consultant to international governments for increased crop production in developing countries. He was an avid Razorbacks fan and held season tickets for many years to football, baseball and basketball games. George was a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in both Japan and Korea.

Bradley received his undergraduate degree from University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in horticulture from Cornell in the 1950s and began his career as assistant professor at U of A in 1955 upon graduation. Many of Bradley's family members attended the U of A, including wife Freda, son Steven, daughter Susan and grandchildren Blake and Matt Bradley and Cassidy Pospisil Anderson. Grandson Kevin Bradley attended Pittsburgh State University in Kansas. George Bradley's daughter, Susan, worked for the U of A Career Development Center from 2016-2018 and now resides in Dallas, Texas.

A memorial service for Bradley will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the Central United Methodist Church sanctuary on Dickson Street, with a military burial at 10 a.m. at Fairview Gardens in Fayetteville. 


Susan Bradley Pospisil, former employee and current student
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