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April 25, 2014

School Mourns Professor Emeritus Gerald Brady

Gerald Brady ’58, a Columbia University faculty member for more than 30 years and a professor emeritus of the Business School, died at home on April 16 at age 84. 
Brady first joined Columbia as an undergraduate student, earning his BA in 1951. He was a dedicated athlete and played on the Columbia basketball team through his freshman and sophomore years. Before becoming a faculty member, Brady was enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War during combat. He was a first lieutenant and an anti-aircraft artillery officer. He also taught soldiers English, math, and other academic subjects. Upon discharge from the army, he returned to Columbia, where he earned his LLB from Columbia Law School in 1957 and his MS from Columbia Business School in 1958. 
After briefly working for a law firm, Brady joined the School as a professor and taught business law and taxation for 30 years before retiring in 1994. He was a prolific author and wrote several books on law and taxation, including coauthoring seven editions of CPA Law Review, a leading journal in the field. He also served as a consultant for the AICPA.
“Jerry was a valued member of our community and will be missed,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard. “He was also an avid sports fan and an ardent supporter of Columbia athletics, the New York Giants, and the Yankees, as well as a devoted husband and father who loved spending time with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.” 
In addition to his wife of 44 years, Brady is survived by two sons, Joseph Brady and his wife Amy of Brooklyn, NY, and Peter and his wife Liza of Jersey City, NJ; four grandchildren, Lily, James, Patrick, and Alexandra; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Contributions in Brady’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, or Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut.