Dr Norman Bradner


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Norman Richard Bradner on Wednesday September. 29, 2021 in his 93rd year at Meadow Park long term care in Chatham Ontario while surrounded by loved ones. 

Norman was born October 27 1928 in New Westminster BC to Helen and Frances Bradner. Predeceased by his wife Ann Ellen Bradner (2019). He will be missed by his children; Polly (Mark) Jeffries, Becky (Brad) Hall, the late David Foltz (2007), Ronald (Late Diane) Bradner, Christine (Larry) Smith and Pamela (James) Ohnemus. Survived by Grandchildren; Ryan (Olyvia), Jesse, Madison, Rachel (Scott), Arik (Mikesha), Alec and Stuart, Philip (Ashley) and Elizabeth (Mathew) and his Great GrandChildren; Ethan, Daniel, Benjamin, Cameron, Andrew, Aiden and Mackenzie. Norman is survived by two sisters Patricia Erickson and Maureen Enns. Predeceased by his brother Gilbert Bradner (2021). 

Norm attended highschool on Powell River, BC and continued his education at University of British Columbia after managing the family ranch near Clinton, BC for seven years. He graduated from UBC in 1961 with a MS in plant breeding and genetics. Norm earned a PhD from Oregon State University with the support of a National Science Foundation Scholarship in 1964 and worked as a research scientist for the Canadian Department of Agriculture in Morden, MB and Ottawa, ON. In 1967 he was employed by Teweles Seed Company in Wisconsin as Soybean Research Director. Norm later worked for Pfizer Genetics in Iowa as their plant breeder, developing high yield hybrid soybeans. In 1980-1982 he worked for Asgrow in Terre Haute, Indiana as their Soybean Breeder. 

In 1982-1993 Norm was Soybean Breeder for King Agro Inc. in Chatham, ON heading their soybean research program with many groundbreaking varieties. He was instrumental in developing food grade varieties specifically for the tofu and Japanese Natto soybean markets. In 2008 Dr. Bradner received the Canadian Seed Trade Association Plant Breeding Award for his role in the development of the soybean industry in Canada and other regions worldwide. Of the 72 public and private registered soybeans varieties in Canada, Dr Bradner was responsible for 28. He initiated four of the first six private varieties. His peers referred to him as a true gentleman- honest and kind, and always humble of his many accomplishments. His soybean varieties contributed to early soybean production in France and Austria, Across Canada and the United States. Norm was honored to receive the Chatham-Kent Agricultural Hall of Fame Award in 2019.

A special Thank you to all Meadow Park Staff for taking such good care of “Doc” as they called him, and Thank you to Dr. Biondi for such great care of Doc over the years!

13 Comments on “Dr Norman Bradner”

  1. Norm was truly a gifted and first class gentleman. In my 20 years of travel to Japan, our customers knew and highly admired Norm. To the family – I am sorry for your loss. May you sense the comfort and strength of our Lord during this difficult time.

  2. Ron, our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and all your family at this time. May you feel the comfort of the Holy Spirt, as He wraps you in His Love. And may you cherish your memories in the coming days.

  3. I was so sad to hear of Norms death now he will be with his beautiful Ann. Norm was the nicest to work with He was in beans and I was in corn He was a very down to earth but very smart person and a very low talker.May he rest in peace God knows he deserved it.

  4. Our deepest sympathies to Norm’s family, I worked with your dad on the farm of King Agro. Very kind man indeed.
    Norm and Anne Marie Myers

  5. I knew Norm and Anne through work. Norm was such a gentleman. Anne was such a lovely lady. I am truly sorry for your loss. Both were great people and I’m so lucky to have known them.

    Colleen Crow

  6. R i p not you will be missed at meadowpark, you were great company for my brother and will miss our chats on my visits to see him, condolences and prayers to your families

  7. R i p norm, you will be missed at meadowpark, you were great company for my brother and will miss our chats on my visits to see him, condolences and prayers to your families

  8. Polly and Becky. Don’t know what to say but your mom made the best red pepper jelly and both her and norm were great kind people. They were a team. Now that both are gone, I just am saddened by norm’s passing. Norm was a funny man, just trying to get me to laugh the first time I met him. And Ann trying to comfort me on my brothers passing. I am so happy I met the both of them. They made me feel that there are still great people in this world. May Ann and norm meet again in heaven and lighten up each other’s life for infinity.

  9. Norm was a KING in the world of soybean Breeding. I had the great pleasure to travel to Europe with Norm, as well as many areas in Ontario to see his soybean varieties he developed. Norm always assisted the Marketing Team at King Agro, a true gentleman. R.I.P. my friend.
    Gary Jenkins

  10. Ron: sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful person who did a lot in his life. Keeping you and the family in our prayers.
    Gail & Chuck

  11. We were all honoured to have known and cared for Norm (Doc) these past six years at Meadow Park Chatham. Our thoughts are with you all at this time as you celebrate such a wonderful life.

  12. I worked with Norm in the soy research at King Grain. He was a very humble man who accomplished a lot. He was very easy to work with, he let you do your work with no micromanaging. He was soft spoken, somewhat shy and very smart. I’m very sad to hear of his passing but I know he is in a better place.

  13. Our condolences to the family. So very sorry to hear about Norm. A great neighbour!

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