In Memory

David D Bradburn - Class Of 1942

David D Bradburn

David Denison Bradburn, Major General USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully after a long illness on October 18, 2008. He was born in Hollywood, California on May 27, 1925 to Clarence Bradburn and Florence Easton. David graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1942 and West Point in 1946.

David piloted B-26 aircraft in Korea and subsequently became a pioneer in space surveillance, developing secret Corona satellites in the 1960s, and eventually became Director of Special Projects for the Air Force. He later helped negotiate space weaponry provisions of the SALT II treaty with the USSR. He was President Emeritus of the Beach Cities Symphony in Redondo Beach, an avid photographer, and a world traveler. A devoted and loving family man, he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bertha; four children, eleven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Los Angeles Times, October 24, 2008