In Memoriam: Douglas Bradley, curator at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Douglas Bradley, curator of Arts of the Americas, Africa and Oceania at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, died Wednesday (Dec. 18) of complications of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65.

A 1971 Notre Dame alumnus, Bradley earned a master’s degree in museum practice from the University of Michigan in 1976. He returned to Notre Dame in 1979 as a curator in the Snite Museum.

Bradley’s curatorial and scholarly interests principally concerned Mesoamerican art, and he did groundbreaking research on artifacts of the Olmec civilization in ancient Mexico. In addition to his work on the Snite Museum’s collections, he regularly taught a popular academic course on “The Olmec and Their Legacy.”

“Doug was one of a very small group of national and international Mesoamerican art scholars, and we are fortunate to have had him here,” said Charles R. Loving, director of the Snite Museum. “He developed our Mesoamerican collection from a few odds and ends into what many art scholars believe to be the nation’s finest.”

Bradley is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth O’Connor and Catherine Bradley; a grandson, Ian O’Connor; and a sister, Karen Bradley, of West Milton, Ohio.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (Dec. 23) at Kaniewski Funeral Home (3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend), followed by a memorial service at which Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., professor of sculpture at Notre Dame, will preside.

Condolences may be sent to Elizabeth O’Connor and Catherine Bradley in care of the Snite Museum.

Contributions in Bradley’s memory may be made to the Snite Museum of Art, P.O. Box 368, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on December 19, 2013.