John C. "Jack" Bradley died in Asheville, NC, on September 18, 2011 of
cancer at the age of 91. Jack was born in Idaho Falls, ID, on August 12, 1920.
His father died when he was six, prompting the family to move to
Washington, DC, where Jack attended Central High School, and attended
George Washington University.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March, 1943, was commissioned after six
months, and married Harriet Fisher in May, 1943. As a marine he became
attached to the Office of Strategic Services, spending time in Southeast Asia.
After the war he earned a degree from George Washinton University School
of Law, then joined the F.B.I. as a special agent. In 1953, he left the Bureau
for a private law firm, Rice, Carpenter & Carraway, where he practiced for 30
During this time, he lived in McLean, VA and was active in civic affairs. He
was president of the McLean Citizens Association and a founder of the
Langley Club. He was also a member of the OSS Society and the Chevy
Chase Club. He spent the last few years of his career as an Administrative
Law Judge, retiring in 1987.
In 1984, Jack and Happy left McLean, VA, for the Outer Banks, where they
lived for 16 years before moving to the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement
Community in Asheville in 2000.
He will be remembered as a man of honor and integrity.
Jack is survived by his wife, Harriet "Happy" Bradley, his three children, J.
Curtis Bradley, Karen Bradley Burnett, and Stephen Scott Bradley, and by his
four grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephen, Carlyle, and Christopher.
There will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the John F.
Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, NC.
Published in The Washington Post on September 22, 2011