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John Brademas, American academic administrator, former congressman.


Brademas, John was born on March 2, 1927 in Mishawaka, Indiana, United States. Son of Stephen J. and Beatrice Cenci (Goble) Brademas.


Bachelor magna cum laude (Veterans national scholar), Harvard, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies(Rhodes scholar), Oxford University, England, 1954. Data Control Language (honorary), Oxford University, England, 2003.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Middlebury College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tufts University (others).

Doctor of Humane Letters, Brandeis University. Doctor of Humane Letters, City College of New York (and 46 other honorary degrees).


Legislation assistant United States Senator Pat McNamara. Administrative assistant United States Republican Thomas L. Ashley, 1955. Executive assistant to presidential nominee Stevenson, 1955-1956.

Assistant professor political science St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1957-1958. Member 86th-96th Congresses from 3d Indiana District, 1959—1981. Chief deputy majority whip 93d-94th Congresses, 1973—1977.

Majority whip 95th-96th Congresses, 1977—1981. Member committee house administration, committee on education and labor, joint committee Library. Congress; president New York University, 1981-1992, fundraising campaign initiator, 1984, president emeritus, since 1992, founder John Brademas Center for Study of Congress, since 2005.

Member New York State Board Regents, Albany, since 2004. Chairman board directors Federal Reserve Bank New York. Director Radio Corporation of America/NBC, Columbia Pictures, Loew's Corporation, Scholastic, Incorporated, New York York Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Foundation, Oxford University Press-United States of America.

Past member board visitors John F. Kennedy School Government. Board overseers Harvard University. Member overseers' committee to visit Graduate School Education.

Past member National History Publications Commission, National Commission on Financing Post-Secondary Education. Member National Commission Student Finance Assistance, 1981-1983, chair graduate education subcommittee, Study National Needs biomedical and Behavioral Research National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences Committee Relations between Universities and Government, National Commission Financing Postsecondary Education, National History Publications and Records Commission. Board directors American Council Education, member Commission National Challenges to Higher Education, 1986-1987.

Chairman New York State Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities. Board directors Comfidex Corporation, InsurBanc, Kos Pharmaceuticals, New York-New England Exchange, Texaco Inc., Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Center National Policy, District of Columbia, Society Preservation Greek Heritage, Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, United States-Japan Foundation, World Conference Religions for Peace, Am-European Community Association. President King Juan Carlos I Spain Center, New York University Foundation.

Advisory board member mental illness prevention center, New York University Medical Center. Vice chairman advisory council Americans, United Nations Educational. Twentieth century fund task force member presidential appointments, 1996.

With United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946.



There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.


Every person needs the Church for spiritual and emotional care that enables to reconcile relations with God, with others, and with self.


Board directors Aspen Institute, Americans for Arts., Berlitz International Inc., Carnegie International Endowment National Commission on American and the New World, National Endowment for Democracy, 1993-2001, Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, chairman committee on Congress. Member National Commission Public Service, National Advisory Council on Public Service, United States advisory council Transparency International, international advisory council, member Central Committee World Council Churches, fifth assembly delegate United Methodist Ch, Nairobi, 1975. Board dirs Center for National Policy, chairman executive committee.

Chairman National Advisory Committee of Fighting Back, chairman President's Committee Arts and Humanities, 1994-2001, American Ditchley Foundation, governor Ditchley Foundations. Life trustee University Notre Dame. Board directors American Council for the Arts, Academy for Educational Development, Athens College (Greece), Council to Aid Education.

Trustee Committee for Economic Development, national commission member jobs and small business, 1986. Member Consultant Panel to Comptroller General of United States, Board of Advisors of The Carter Center Emory University, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Trilateral Commission, Council on Spain and United States, International Council, Central European University, Budapest, American Associates St. Catherine Foundation, Pilgrims Society Great Britain, Pilgrims Society United States, Very Special Arts/arts, International Advisory Council Pharos Trust, Cyprus. Founding board member Center Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, Salonika, Greece, senior advisor.

Chairman national advisory committee, Fighting Back, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, advisory council David Rockefeller fellowships, New York City Partnership. Honorary patron Fundación Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, member accreditation committee Red Latinoamericana de Cooperación Universitaria. Director American Friends Girona Museum and Institute, Spain.

National advisory board member institutions democracy, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University Pennsylvania. First congressional delegation chair, China, 1977, first Chinese-United States university president seminar attendee, Beijing, 1985. Co-chairman independent commission, National Endowment Arts, 1990.

Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences (council member, member European academy, 1999), National Academy Education (correspondent member academy Athens, correspondent member academy Argentina, 1998). Member Phi Beta Kappa (Senator, director), American Association Museums (named to Centennial Honor Roll, 2006).


Married Mary Ellen Briggs, July 9, 1977.

Stephen J. Brademas

Beatrice Cenci (Goble) Brademas

Mary Ellen Briggs