, said his
mother's death came at a time when she
was occupied in several pursuits, including membership in professional associations, civic organizations, and sipping on her
favorite beverage - Beta-Cola, which is advertised as a healthful alternative to soda pop.She
was due to become a first-time grandparent this week.Mrs. Bradford's death ends a productive life spent in the pursuit of helping children that is long on accomplishment, both personally and professionally, William Bradford Jr.
had a lot of firsts," he
was the first African American superintendent of schools (in Michigan), but she
was a person that could do everything.She
could be an outstanding mother and an outstanding professional.We never wanted for anything.She
was just a model person."Originally from Birmingham Ala., Mrs. Bradford
moved to Michigan to pursue career and educational opportunities.Soon after she arrived here, she enrolled in classes at Wayne State University, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degree in education.From there, she joined the Westwood District as an elementary school teacher at McNair School.
learned more about what children were facing in Inkster and Dearborn Heights both academically and personally.
...Mrs. Bradford earned her Ph.D. in teaching at Michigan State University and was later promoted to role of principal of McNair.She was eventually named the executive assistant superintendent for personnel and instruction until 1982, when she was tapped to fill the superintendent's spot.Mrs. Bradford
knew the appointment was historic, but placed little emphasis on that, Minghini said.