W. Bradford Bond '50
Deceased February 8, 2014
Brad Bond passed away Feb. 8, 2014.
Brad was one of our World War II vets, having served in the Army’s Fourth infantry division, and saw action in the European Theater.
He comes from an Amherst family, with a brother, Roger Bacon Bond ’44, now deceased. Before Amherst, he attended Deerfield Academy, and after college he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received his M.B.A. While at Amherst, he joined Kappa Theta and the Glee Club.
Brad worked for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1989 as director of underwriting—one of the most responsible and important positions in the life insurance industry. In our 50th reunion book he mentioned that he felt the history, English and economics courses he took at Amherst, and the liberal arts education, helped him in his career, something that many people these days do not agree with.
In later years, he moved to beautiful Centerville, Mass., on Cape Cod, and also became one of the Vero Beach, Fla., crowd. He participated in and loved golf, tennis and sailing. When these were not available he spent his time supporting the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
His wife of 61 years, Helen March Bond (Simmons ’52), said they met because her brother Phil was Brad’s roommate. Brad’s quick wit and sense of humor were some of his best attributes. This was reiterated by many classmates and others. He was a wonderful family man.
Besides his wife, Helen, he leaves son William, daughter-in-law Isabel and two grandchildren in Escondido Calif., and daughter Louise Wing, son-in-law Bryce and a granddaughter in Hanover, N.H.
He must have loved being with them because he often commented, “They are a wonder!” Many people might say the same about him!
George Hiller ’50
Sitting at home on Cape Cod, l can visualize the Amherst Campus and the natural beauty of the area. Every so often I have a dream about term papers not written and deadlines not met - is it really 50 years ago?
I came to Amherst after Army service- went on to Wharton (MBA) and 30+ years at New England life - these years were spent in Weston, MA where Helen and I were totally involved in community activities. We summered on Cape Cod and after an early retirement moved there full time, spending winters in Vero Beach- a lot of golf and tennis.
We keep in close touch with our two children and grandchildren -how they manage to run all day long without food is hard to explain. They are a wonder!
I feel my History, English, and Economics have served me well over these years- the result of a good Liberal Arts education at Amherst.
I hope and believe I can break 80 before 80 breaks me.