David Bradley '75

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At the 2011 Commencement, President Chopp bestowed upon publisher and philanthropist David Bradley '75 the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. "I can still see the change in me that year as if it were a physical crossing," he said. "My mental frame was as if you could think and think and think and eventually hit a wall where the insights stopped. Then, against any reasonable expectation, Swarthmore would demand you think farther."

At the 2011 Commencement, President Chopp bestowed upon publisher and philanthropist David Bradley '75 the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. "I can still see the change in me that year as if it were a physical crossing," he said. "My mental frame was as if you could think and think and think and eventually hit a wall where the insights stopped. Then, against any reasonable expectation, Swarthmore would demand you think farther. And, suddenly you discover that terminal wall in that is porous. It's like a gauze curtain. And, thinking harder, you cross over — or through — and find a whole new space of original ideas."