Business pioneer honored for ‘outstanding leadership and service to Church and seminary’ during Advent recognition dinner Dec. 7
L. Jack Bradt, a pioneering Easton, PA, business leader for more than 50 years, and also a teacher and dedicated community-minded volunteer, was recently presented with the Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory) Award for 2008 by The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The honor was conferred December 7 at the seminary’s annual Advent recognition dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for the seminary to thank those faithful and generous donors who help carry on the mission of LTSP. Seminary President The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey and Board Chair Dr. Addie Butler took advantage of the occasion to thank those gathered, as well as important supporters including the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation, for their continued support during these challenging times.
Bradt was honored “in gratitude for outstanding leadership and service to the Church and to the mission of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.”
A member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Easton, where the Rev. Susan Ruggles serves as pastor, Bradt served as a Seminary Trustee for more than 10 years and currently serves on the school’s President’s Council. While a Trustee, Bradt was a key leader for the seminary’s capital campaign steering committee and chaired the finance committee.
“Jack Bradt has been a driving force in the capital campaign and steadily challenged the Board of Trustees and the seminary to move toward excellence,” said the Rev. Dr. Philip D. W. Krey, president of LTSP. “He has introduced many friends and associates to our mission and been a wonderful ambassador for the school. He and his wife, Pat, have been extremely generous supporters.”
Born in St. Louis, MO, Jack Bradt served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948, and graduated from Cornell University in 1953 with a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He joined Safety Industries in Newhaven, CT, becoming assistant to the president responsible for a program of diversification and expansion. He managed the materials handling division when Safety Industries acquired the Howe Scale Co. of Rutland, VT, first moving his family to Rutland and then to Easton when Howe relocated there in 1956.
When fire destroyed the Easton plant in 1958, the parent industry was not interested in rebuilding. Bradt formed SI Handling Systems to acquire what was left of the company. He was president, chief executive officer and chairman there until 1986 when he relinquished CEO responsibilities to pursue other interests. He continues today as a director. Now part of Paragon Technologies, Inc., SI/Paragon is a world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of horizontal transportation and automated order fulfillment solutions used in factories and distribution facilities.
Bradt has served on the faculty of Lehigh University, teaching Entrepreneurship, Business Policy and Strategic management in the Master of Business Administration program. He at one time was Executive in Residence at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of management, teaching Policy, Strategy and Leadership in the MBA Program. From 1994 to 1998, he was Director of Human Services for Northampton County in Pennsylvania. He has been and is an active officer and director of a number of local, state and national organizations involved in business, education, religion, government and human services.
Bradt’s spouse, Patricia Thornton Bradt, is a 1952 graduate of Cornell. Married that year, the couple has three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Patricia Bradt received her MA and PhD from Lehigh and has served as a principal research scientist at Lehigh’s Center for Environmental Studies. She is currently Professor of Environmental Studies at Muhlenberg College.
in the photo: L. Jack Bradt (center) of Easton, PA, receives the Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory) Award December 7 from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. With Bradt, from left, are the Rev. Dr. Philip D. W. Krey, seminary president; Bradt’s spouse, Dr. Patricia Bradt; and co-presenters and Trustees Dr. Robert Blanck and Dr. Addie J. Butler.