Dedication to Walter and Ann Bradley
We are honored to dedicate the Faculty Offices section of FacultyLinc to Dr. Walter and Ann Bradley. Walter and Ann are outstanding examples of what it means to be Christians in the secular university. Their lives involve not only scholarship and teaching; they also open their home to students in order to minister to their students’ intellectual,emotional and spiritual needs.
In addition, they have developed effective and relevant campus outreaches, are actively involved in a local church, and have set a great example for others by integrating their faith and academics. They have lead and helped to organize Christian faculty groups as well as mentored and encouraged many young professors and graduate students.They have also spent two summers in France with Texas A&M engineering students, living side-by-side with them in a dormitory.
Ann and Walter have been married since their college and graduate school days.
“I never had a Christian professor,at least not one who admitted it. I also never darkened the door of a faculty member’s home during my college years. The same for Ann,” Walter states when he speaks to professors. “Ann and I decided that God was calling us to a career in academia to be for our students what no professor ever was for us.”
Walter taught for eight years at the Colorado School of Mines before assuming a position as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1976. Walter is now Distinguished Professor of Engineering and associate dean for research in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University. He and Ann have two adult children and six grandchildren.