The Passing of a Hero
A letter of gratitude and remembrance of R. Randolph Bradham, M.D. from Dr. H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D.
A child of the Great Depression and Veteran of the Invasion of Normandy, R. Randolph Bradham, MD, served honorably in the U.S. Army as a staff-sergeant squad leader in the E Co., 262nd Regiment, 66th Infantry Division during WWII.
After the war, he joined MUSC, and when the Chairman of the Department of Surgery’s health began to fail, Dr. Bradham gradually and altruistically assumed leadership responsibilities.
He officially served as the second full-time Chairman from 1960-62 and made significant positive changes in the department.
Dr. Bradham realized there was a shortage of interns and residents and subsequently built up the residency program. He developed an excellent surgical residency program that served as a resource for the rest of the state of South Carolina.
His selfless commitment to quality care and professionalism have spanned his entire career and life.
Since retiring, Dr. Bradham has written several books on WWII, is passionate about his blueberry farm “Sweet Blues” in Hollywood, South Carolina, and has the distinction of being MUSC’s oldest former instructor.
Dr. Bradham is married to Helen McLeod Bradham. They have three adult children - Elizabeth, Margaret, and John and four grandchildren.