David Bradley, Racer, writer, surgeon

Passing Date: 
Monday, January 7, 2008

David Bradley, 92, nordic combined champ, surgeon , author, anti-nuke advocate

David Bradley died on Jan. 7, 2007 in Norway, Me. He was 92.

Born Feb. 22, 1915, David John Bradley raced at Dartmouth, where he graduated in 1938, after winning the national nordic combined championship. He was named to the 1940 Olympic squad, but by that time was in Finland as a newspaper correspondent, covering the Russo-Finnish War for Midwestern papers.

He earned an M.D. and Harvard and joined the U.S. Army in 1944. He was assigned as a medical officer at Bikini Atoll in 1946, and monitored radiation levels there during two nuclear tests. In 1948 his book No Place to Hide, about nuclear weapons and testing, was published to good reviews.

Bradley also wrote Expert Skiing (1960, with Ralph Miller and Allison Merrill), Lion Among Roses (1965, about his years in Finland), and Robert Frost: A Tribute to the Source (1979).

He served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and managed the U.S. nordic team during the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. He was inducted into the United States National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1985.

See an obituary in The New York Times.

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