Mr. David J. Mahoney, business leader, philanthropic activist and an Emeritus Trustee of the University, died on May 1 at the age of 76. Mr. Mahoney had served as an infantry captain in the Pacific during World War II. He then enrolled in Wharton to take night classes while commuting to Manhattan to work in the mailroom of an advertising agency. Two years after completing his studies at Penn, he became a vice president at the ad agency at the age of 25. He went on to form his own agency in 1951 and then held leadership positions at Good Humor, Colgate-Palmolive, Canada Dry and Norton Simon until retiring in 1983.
In 1976 he had become a Penn Term Trustee and served until 1986 after which he was made an Emeritus Trustee. In 1983, he endowed the David Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences and the David Mahoney Professorship of Neurological Sciences at Penn's School of Medicine. He also established the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute at Harvard's Medical School. Columbia University honored his many contributions to medical research by establishing the David Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior Research.
Mr. Mahoney's legacy includes "pioneering work in promoting public awareness and support for brain research," as noted in the Trustees Memorial Resolution which was approved at Thursday's meeting. He had chaired the board of Phoenix House, a residential drug treatment program, in the 1970s. In 1977 he became chair of the Dana Foundation and in 1992 became its chief executive and soon shifted the organization's focus to neuroscience. Since then the foundation has given $34 million to scientists for brain research at nearly 50 institutions.
Mr. Mahoney was to have received a newly created award for philanthropy later this month from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation which usually honors the most accomplished researchers. His humanitarianism earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Patriot Award, the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Horatio Alger Award and the Big Brotherhood Award.
He is survived by his wife, Hildegarde Merrill Mahoney; a son, David; two stepsons, Arthur Merrill and Robert Merrill; and a brother, Robert. A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Mr. Mahoney in New York City.
Mr. Raymond J. Bradley, lawyer, teacher and long-time Penn Relays judge, died on May 3 of lung cancer. He was 79 years old. Mr. Bradley earned a bachelor's from Penn in 1941, where he ran in the Penn Relays four times as a member of Penn's track team. Afterwards, he served in the Navy for four years, then graduated from Penn Law School in 1947.
He taught law at Penn from 1950 to 1955, after which he went into private practice for Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen--a firm in which Mr. Bradley was a partner from 1955 to 1988. He joined the ACLU in 1951 and was president of its Greater Philadelphia Branch. Also in 1951, he began officiating at the Penn Relays where he was a judge for close to 50 years and chief judge at the finish line for more than 25.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sarah Ann; sons Michael, Andrew and David; his brother, Edward; two sisters; and three grandchildren.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 33, May 16, 2000