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In Memoriam: Luther W. Brady Jr.

Renowned radiation oncologist, passionate advocate for the arts, and George Washington University (GW) alumnus Luther W. Brady Jr., MD ’48, BA ’46, AA ’44, HON ’04, died July 13, 2018. He was 92.
A GW Board of Trustees Emeritus and a member of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Council of Advisors, Brady held all of the university’s highest honors, including a GW President’s Medal, a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Despite his many accomplishments, Brady took pleasure in citing the profound influence GW had on his life and distinguished career.
“At a very critical time in my youth, GW gave me direction,” Brady recalled in a 2015 interview with Medicine + Health. “It embedded in me the sense of responsible action. … It imbued in me the sense to innovate and to participate in research and to be a teacher.”

Portrait of Doctor Luther Brady

Brady, a faculty member at Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 50 years, was a pioneer of nuclear medicine. He was instrumental in the initiation and establishment of modern radio-oncological treatments for eye tumors and cervical cancer.

Throughout his life, Brady’s affection for art served as a counterbalance to long hours spent in the laboratory, the classroom, and the clinic. That love of art led Brady in 2001 to endow the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery in GW’s Media and Public Affairs building.