The Mercy Hospital Foundation of Independence, Inc. Board of Trustees welcomed new board member Dr. Fay Bradley when it met for its bi-monthly board meeting Monday at the hospital.
Dr. Bradley, an Independence native, is a retired physician, having practiced family medicine with the United States Public Health Service.
Dr. Fay Bradley is a retired physician who now lives in Independence, Kan. Dr. Bradley earned an associate's degree from Independence Community College in 1958 and a bachelor of arts degree in biology from PSU in 1960. He went on to earn a teaching certificate at Wichita State University and both a law degree and a medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bradley came to PSU on a track scholarship, competing in the high hurdles, quarter-mile and mile relay. After earning a degree in biology at Pittsburg State University, Dr. Bradley served in the U.S. Army as a medical lab technician. In 1962, Dr. Bradley moved to Wichita, where he worked in the lab at St. Francis Hospital and took graduate classes in education at Wichita State University. He earned a teaching certificate and taught science at a Wichita junior high school for a year before entering law school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. While he pursued his law degree, Dr. Bradley worked on campus in the Freedmen's Hospital lab, where he drew the attention of the director, a doctor who encouraged him to apply to the university's school of medicine. After earning his juris doctor in 1970, Dr. Bradley went on to earn his medical degree in 1974. Upon earning his medical degree, Dr. Bradley began a long career as a physician with the U.S. Public Health Service. He served residencies in New Orleans, Galveston and New York before returning to a post in Washington, D.C., where he remained until his retirement in 1992. He has since been active as a philanthropist, supporting education initiatives across the country and abroad, including the construction of a rural school on the earthquake-ravaged island of Haiti.
Now 71, Dr. Bradley has maintained a love of running and has been a passionate advocate for running and physical fitness throughout his life. He is a former president of the board of directors of the American Running and Fitness Association and in 1998 was selected as the runner of the year for his age group by the USA Track and Field Association and in 2004 was inducted into the USA Track & Field Association Hall of Fame. He continues to run marathons, and says the Boston Marathon – which he has run 32 times - remains his favorite.