In Memoriam

Walter Oswald Bradley Sr. (1919-2007)

Walter O. Bradley Sr., former chair of the division of natural sciences and mathematics at Virginia Union University, died late last month at a hospital in Richmond. He was 88 years old.

Professor Bradley joined the Virginia Union faculty in 1952 as an assistant professor of biology. He remained on the Virginia Union faculty for 33 years until his retirement in 1985.

A native of Florida, Bradley went to Florida A&M University on a tennis scholarship. After graduating from Florida A&M, he went on to earn a master’s degree in zoology from Howard University and a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.

Madeline Stratton Morris (1906-2007)

Madeline Stratton Morris, a prominent black historian, teacher, and university consultant, died late last month at her home in Hyde Park, Illinois. She was 101 years old.

A teacher in the Chicago public school system for 35 years, Morris introduced a curriculum on black history to her students in the 1940s. She later authored the textbooks Strides Forward: Afro-American Biographies and Negroes Who Helped to Build America.

Morris held a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northwestern University and did further graduate work at the University of Chicago. She began her teaching career in 1933. After retiring from the Chicago public school system in 1968, she remained active as a consultant to colleges and universities seeking to establish black studies programs.