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Elizabeth H. Bradford
April 29, 2007


Elizabeth H. Bradford, 101, of Marshfield, died April 29, 2007, at the Life Care Center of the South Shore in Scituate.
Born in Boston, her father, Edward H. Bradford, was a prominent orthopedic surgeon who was dean of the Harvard Medical School in the 1920s. Her mother, Edith Fiske Bradford, was a respected educator who founded the Fiske School in Boston. Ms. Bradford graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1929 and was named Female Athlete of the Year in college. She became a teacher following college and taught for a number of years at the Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge.
She moved to Marshfield after her mother’s death in 1960 and taught in the Marshfield schools until 1972. She traveled extensively. Ms. Bradford enjoyed English hand-bell ringing, becoming an internationally recognized hand-bell soloist and using hand-bell ringing to develop therapeutic teaching methodologies for her learning-disabled students in Marshfield. Many of her students performed at area hospitals, nursing homes and other venues over the course of many years.
In addition, she had a profound love of nature and animals, owning dogs for many years. Ms. Bradford was confined to her Marshfield home for many years, but had the support of round-the-clock caregivers to maintain a high quality of life.
She was a 10th-generation direct descendent of Gov. William Bradford, the second governor of Massachusetts, and her brother Robert was also governor of Massachusetts in the 1940s.
She leaves two nephews and a niece. Her extended family is located in the Boston area, Florida, Maryland, Louisiana and California.
A memorial service will held on Saturday June 9, at 2:00 PM at the Union Chapel in Brant Rock.

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