- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 8, 2002

Allen Bradford, an assistant national editor at The Washington Times who previously was an ABC News correspondent based in India, died of lung cancer yesterday at George Washington University Hospital. He was 64.
Mr. Bradford, who also wrote about science, art and travel for The Times, underwent chemotherapy during the past year, but resisted reducing his schedule in the newsroom. He checked himself into the hospital Tuesday.
"Allen was a quiet and gentle man, and a thorough professional who did not let his illness affect his work to the very end," said Wesley Pruden, the editor in chief of The Times. "We will miss him."
Mr. Bradford joined The Times as a copy editor Jan. 21, 1985, after teaching for several years and logging 12 years as a radio and television correspondent for ABC based in New Delhi. The quality of his work at The Times soon earned him a promotion to assistant editor on the newspaper's national desk, where he remained except for a six-month stint as assistant editor on the foreign desk.
"Allen was one of the real institutions in this newsroom for much of our 20-year history," Managing Editor Francis B. Coombs Jr. said. "He was a kind man, a friend to all who knew him. He had the rare talent of being able to rewrite a reporter's story without triggering the reporter's wrath.
"Allen had been very sick for some time, but until recently he worked virtually full time," Mr. Coombs said. "His last day in the newsroom was Saturday, May 25. In courageous fashion, Allen left so quietly that none of us here really had the chance to say goodbye."
Mr. Bradford was born in Louisville, Miss., to Jesse Allen and Irene Flowers Bradford and grew up in Auburn, Ala. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree in 1959.
After college, Mr. Bradford worked for the presidential primary campaign of John F. Kennedy and then for Mr. Kennedy's general election campaign with running mate Lyndon B. Johnson. When President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961, Mr. Bradford signed up and traveled to India, where he taught English at the University of Hyderabad for three years.
He then enrolled at George Washington University in the District, where he earned a master's degree in political science. He began his career in journalism by joining ABC as a radio reporter. He spent 12 years as an India-based radio and TV correspondent for ABC, working with network anchorman Peter Jennings among others, before returning to Washington in 1979 to teach.
In addition to his duties on The Times' national desk, Mr. Bradford regularly wrote for the Arts and Travel sections, including accounts of visits to Morocco, Russia, Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Brazil. He frequently traveled to Canada, where he covered stories in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City.
In reviews of art exhibits viewed during his travels, Mr. Bradford delighted in informing readers, as when he expounded on the differences between Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. He enjoyed writing and editing stories about science, including reviews of television programs on violent weather, erupting volcanoes and "Star Trek"-style technology.
He is survived by a sister, Barbara Hathcock, of Huntsville, Ala.; a brother-in-law; one niece and one nephew. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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