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!