Alabama Academy of Honor


Thomas E. Bradford, Sr.

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1983.



Thomas E. Bradford, Sr., food broker, was born February 18, 1909, at Sweetwater, Alabama. He earned the B.S. degree at Birmingham-Southern College in 1932. He graduated in Business Administration, Harvard Graduate School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1933.

He served to the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, 1943-45.

He entered the food brokerage business in 1939 and became Chairman of the Board of Bradford Gipin, Ind. Food Brokers, Birmingham.

He has been a director of several organizations: Marengo Corporation; Southtrust Bank; Allied Products Company; Mrs. Stratton's Salads, Inc.; and Sunbelt Sweeteners, Inc.

His civic activities include: the United Way, Park and Recreation Board; State of Alabama Board of Corrections, The Eye Foundation, Inc., Metropolitan Development Board, and the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was the recipient of Birmingham's Man of the Year Award in 1965. He received Birmingham-Southern College's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1966. He was honored by the City of Birmingham with the dedication of Thomas E. Bradford Park in 1978. He is listed in the Who's Who in America.

He married Mary Johnson on July 1, 1933, and they have two sons: Thomas E., Jr., and John M.

Thomas E. Bradford, Sr. died in 2002.