Three-time alumnus, former trustee remembered for support of medicine, arts

Updated: July 18, 2018 at 2:59 p.m.

A triple alumnus, trustee emeritus and donor will be remembered for his contributions toward medicine and the arts.

Luther Brady, a radiation oncologist who earned three degrees from GW in the 1940s, died Friday at 92 years old, according to a University release Monday.

“Dr. Brady’s contributions to GW are many and varied, stretching through several decades to help this university become what it is today,” University President Thomas LeBlanc said in the release. “We are forever indebted to him, especially for his strong support of medicine and the arts.”

Brady will largely be remembered for his impact on radiation oncology. After earning his medical degree in 1948, Brady helped to establish modern radio-oncological treatments for eye tumors and cervical cancer. He spent more than 50 years teaching medicine at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine and Drexel University’s College of Medicine, according to the release.

The alumnus was also heavily involved in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and was one of the school’s “most distinguished and celebrated alumni,” Jeffrey Akman, the vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school, said. Brady funded a named professorship in radiation oncology at the medical school, according to the release.

“He was a pioneer and internationally recognized leader in the field of radiation oncology and cancer treatment,” Akman said.

Brady received dozens of awards throughout his lifetime, including the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award Gold Medal. He was also inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine in 2016.

At GW, Brady also received several honors, including the GW Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the GW Society Medal and the President’s Medal – the highest honor that a person can receive from the University president.

An avid arts advocate, Brady supported an art gallery now located in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, which is named for him and showcases between six and eight exhibits each year. He also donated to several arts organizations throughout his lifetime, including the National Gallery of Art and the Textile Museum, the release states.

Brady also received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from GW.

“His gifts to the university will be enjoyed by generations of George Washington University community and wider Washington, D.C., art community members,” Lenore Miller, the director and chief curator of the University galleries, said in the release. “Knowing Luther as a mentor in my professional and personal life for the past 15 years has been an unforgettable and thrilling experience.”

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Media and Public Affairs building. The gallery recently moved to the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. We regret this error.

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