Rodney H. Brady

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Rodney Howard Brady[1] (January 31, 1933 – January 9, 2017) was the CEO and president of Deseret Management Corporation. He was also the president of Weber State College from 1978 to 1985.

Rodney Howard Brady
Born 31st January 1933
Sandy, Utah
Died 9th January 2017
Parent(s) Kenneth and Jessie Brady

Brady was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). From 1953 to 1955, he served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Great Britain. He received his bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Utah. He then received a doctorate in business administration from Harvard Business School. From 1970-72, he was the assistant secretary for management in the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, having previously served as an officer in the United States Air Force.[1]

After stepping down as president of Weber State College in 1985, Brady became the President and CEO of Bonneville International later that year. He remained in his position with Bonneville until the formation of the Deseret Management Corporation in 1996, at which point he was named President and CEO of that organization. Brady served as an LDS Church bishop in California and as president of the church's Los Angeles California Stake.[citation needed]

Birth and Early life

Rodney was born on January 31, 1933, in Sandy, Utah, the second of four children, to Kenneth A. and Jessie (Madsen) Brady. They provided him an ideal heritage and environment where he could excel in academic achievement and spiritual development. They instilled in him a strong work ethic.

While in high school, Phil Goldbranson inspired Rodney to spend a long weekend developing 100 goals he would like to accomplish and the steps required to achieve them. He took this assignment seriously and attributed much of his success to those goals. He excitedly gave countless goal setting speeches to diverse audiences throughout his life.

He graduated from Jordan High School in 1951 as valedictorian and from the University of Utah with High Honors, earning degrees of Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration in 1957. He then earned a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. He received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Snow College. Hall of Fame inductions include: Utah Broadcasters, University of Utah College of Science, and University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.

Career

Brady's first job was in 1960 while serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. While in the Force he married Carolyn "Mitzi" Hansen, a fifth-grade teacher and also a University of Utah graduate. Rod said, "I could have accomplished very little without her."

Positions he held during his profesional life were:

  • Vice President, Management Systems Corp. (management consulting), Cambridge, MA
  • Vice President, Hughes Tool Company (aerospace), Los Angeles, CA
  • Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.
  • Chairman, President's Sub-Cabinet Executive Officer's Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Executive Vice President, Bergen Brunswig Corp. (pharmaceuticals), Los Angeles, CA
  • President, Weber State College, Ogden, UT
  • President, Bonneville International Corp. (nationwide broadcasting), Salt Lake City, UT
  • President, Deseret Management Corp. (international holding co.), Salt Lake City, UT

Brady retired from corporate life in 2009.

Personal life

Brady documented his life in volumes (available at local university libraries). Among his special interests were marathon running, astronomy, bird watching, family history, writing, gardening and public service.

Rod enthusiastically enjoyed scouting his entire life. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy and served for more than 40 years in regional and national Boy Scout leadership roles and receiving the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo awards. Brady also loved working on scouting requirements with his sons, each of them attaining the rank of Eagle. He was always interested in his grandsons' progress in scouting.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a missionary in the British Mission from 1953 to 1955 (where he met personally with Sir Winston Churchill), as Bishop of the Westwood California Ward, and as President of the Los Angeles California Stake. He was survived by his wife Mitzi, three sons Howard (Victoria), Ryan (Kristy), and Brooks (Nicole), and eight grandchildren, Blythe, Hayden, Spencer, Matthew, Grant, Kenton, Creed, and Miles. He is also survived by siblings "K" (Faye), Joanne (Dean) Frandsen, and Lindsay (Darlene).

Later life and Death

Brady stepped down as head of Deseret Management Corporation in March 2009. He died on January 9, 2017 at the age of 83.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "The Rodney H. Brady Papers". Marriott Library Special Collections. University of Utah. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ Lockhart, Ben (January 10, 2017). "Rodney H. Brady, former head of Deseret Management Corp., Weber State, dies at 83". Desert News. 

References

  • Short bio, nndb.com
  • Brady biodata, docstoc.com
  • Profile, mormontimes.com (February 5, 2009)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph L. Bishop
President of Weber State College
1978 – 1985
Succeeded by
Stephen D. Nadauld
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