Robert W. Bradley earned the B.A. degree cum laude from the Western Michigan College of Education in 1951 with a major in English Language and Literature and with minors in history and French. It was at this time that he received the George Sprau Award in English. Following his graduation, he served in the United States Army. After his Honorable Discharge with an official Letter of Appreciation for his service, he enrolled in the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan, leaving with an M.A. degree in history.
Following three years of teaching in the Lapeer, Michigan, public schools, he and his wife, the former Ann Humphreys, came to the Detroit area. His career continued in the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, public schools from which he retired in 1991.
He has also been a guest lecturer at Oakland University on James Joyce’s novella The Dead for an undergraduate class as well as presenting a program on Artists Respond to War in the Twentieth Century for graduate students in Oakland’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. At Wayne State University he has been a guest instructor in presenting techniques of teaching history through literature to a group preparing for their upcoming student teaching. Finally, he has been an adjunct instructor of American history at Macomb County Community College.
He was a Fulbright grantee in Denmark during the 1963-1964 academic year serving as a visiting gastelehrer in American literature to university prep students and to teacher trainees in the Danish seminaria.
Publications include book reviews for the Mensa Bulletin; History, a publication of the Helen Dwight Reed Foundation; and Best Sellers, a publication of the University of Scranton (PA).
In his retirement, he has volunteered as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts, as a surgical lounge volunteer at the Henry Ford Cottage Hospital, as a tutor in English as a second language at the Dominican Literacy Center, and as Program Chair of the League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe, Michigan.