Charles H. Bradford, a Salt Lake City native and University of Utah graduate, is one of 13 people who received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Federal Employees with Disabilities at a Dec. 5 ceremony.
Now chief economist at the National Credit Union Administration, Bradford is a graduate of East High School, holds undergraduate and masters degrees from the U. and received his doctorate from Harvard University. He received the U.'s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1981.Before joining the credit union administration in 1986, Bradford was assistant director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress for nine years, was economic advisor at the American Bankers Association for 10 years and was on the staff of the Senate Banking Committee. He taught at Brigham Young University for a year and also served as an assistant to former Utah Sen. Wallace F. Bennett. For several years he was a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bradford contracted muscular dystrophy in his teens but has led an active life. He now uses a motorized wheelchair and a specially equipped van. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Arlington, Va., and have two sons and one daughter.