VANCOUVER - Keith "Ace" Bradbury died April 5, 2009, at his home in Vancouver. He was born June 27, 1918, in Portland, to Lucille (Gumm) and Dr. Howard Bradbury.
He was raised in Sunnyside where his early interest in architecture was evident when, at age nine, he built his first clubhouse, a two-story structure. He joined the Boy Scouts and became the youngest Eagle Scout in the state (at the time). He attended Central Washington College of Education, University of Washington and Washington State College, where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and graduated in architectural engineering. At college he met his life partner, Maxine Clarke, and they married in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer on destroyers in the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. After active duty, the family settled first in Milwaukie, Ore., and then in Vancouver.
In 1949, he established his own architectural firm which he operated for many, many years by himself and later with partners. He was past president of the American Institute of Architects, on the Clark County Planning Commission and a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He was a faithful Cougar, and a proud member of the President's Club of Hillsdale College, the Heritage Club and the NRA.
A man of many talents, he taught his family to appreciate the value of hard work and the beauty of nature. Family vacations included trips to Cannon Beach, the Bar M Dude Ranch, and months on Maui. He and his wife traveled to numerous other countries throughout the years.
Since 1980, many days were spent at the family beach house in Surfside, enjoying razor clamming, surf fishing and creating whimsical objects de arte from shells and driftwood. Always a collector, he was proud of his Indian artifacts, tools, books and stamps. Throughout his life, he was a devoted husband, father and friend.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maxine of Vancouver; his two daughters and their husbands, Babs and Joel Scott of Vancouver and Wendy and John Pruiett of Beaverton, Ore.; his sister, Jan Carlile; one grandchild, one great-grandchild, and two nieces.
At his request, no service will be held. His ashes will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Hospice Southwest at P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98665, or to the SW Washington Humane Society.