In Memoriam

bradley_mattMatthew Bradley MEd’06, a popular University of Utah professor and social activist, died March 20 in Sandy, Utah, in an accidental drowning. He was 41.

Matthew Wade Bradley was born August 19, 1970, in Salt Lake City to Craig S. and Kathleen Linebaugh Bradley. He graduated in 1988 from Alta High School, where he was a Sterling Scholar in visual arts and a student body officer. An Eagle Scout, he worked as a counselor at several boys’ ranches, including Bennion Teton Boys Ranch. He also served a mission for the LDS Church in Italy. Matt received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, master’s and doctoral degrees in folklore from Indiana University, and a master’s in education from the U. Matt had a distinguished teaching career as an assistant professor (lecturer) for the Honors College at the U, where he led the Honors Social Justice Scholars, the Honors Think Tank on Social Change, and the Mestizo Arts and Activism program. Matt also taught honors classes at AMES High School. He inspired hundreds of students to be advocates and modeled for them the power of commitment, vision, and compassion. Matt’s efforts were recognized with honors including an Equity and Diversity Award, the Distinguished Honors Professor Award, and the Community Engaged Faculty Fellowship and Community Scholar in Residence awards from University Neighborhood Partners. In 2010, he received a special recognition from ACLU of Utah, “For Fostering Freedom.”

Matt demonstrated immense courage in his fight with cancer in 2010, returning to the classroom just 10 days after surgery to amputate his lower leg. A longtime cycling enthusiast, Matt successfully faced the challenge of redefining himself as an athlete with his new prosthetic limb, placing 3rd at the 2011 U. S. Nationals in Para-Cycling in both the Criterium and the Time Trial, earning a spot to compete for the U.S. national team in 2011 in the Para-Cycling World Championships held in Denmark. Because of his passion for cycling, Matt “Bronco” Bradley was named Cycling Utah – 2011 Rider of the Year. His voice was a mainstay every fall at the Utah Cyclecross series, and he also helped in organizing the Cross Out Cancer event.

Matt is survived by his father ,Craig S. Bradley; siblings Nicole (Joseph) Sepulveda, Seth R. (Megan), Luke H., Jeremiah S. (Erin), Zachary J. (Brenda), Adam C. (Angi); 19 nieces and nephews; and grandfather Ralph O. Bradley. He was preceded in death by his mother Kathleen Linebaugh Bradley, grandparents Glade C. and Thora Hawkins Linebaugh, grandmother Mildred Harris Bradley, sister-in-law Elizabeth “Bunny” Bradley, and “Righty” (his right leg). Interment is at Larkin Sunset Garden. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to The Huntsman Cancer Foundation or Mestizo Arts and Activism. Condolences may be read and left in the guest book here.

Edited from the notice published in the Deseret News from March 23 to March 25, 2012


Thetis M. Group, M.D., dean and professor emerita of Syracuse University and adjunct professor at the University of Utah, died January 20. She was 73.

Thetis M. Group was born in 1938 in Syracuse, N.Y., and moved with her family to Liverpool, N.Y., in 1942. She graduated from Northfield School for Girls, East Northfield, Mass., in 1956 and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1960. After working several years as team leader and senior community health nurse with the Visiting Nurse Service in New York City, Group attended Columbia University, where she received a master of arts in nursing supervision, a master of education in community health nursing, and then a doctorate in nursing education. In 1968, Group was appointed assistant professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she taught community health nursing. In 1972, she returned to Syracuse to accept a position as associate professor of community health nursing at Syracuse University School of Nursing. In 1975, she was appointed full professor and dean of the School of Nursing, moving quickly to rename the school as the College of Nursing. She continued as dean through 1985. Group served as president of the New York State Deans of Nursing Council, president of the New York State Chapter of the National League for Nursing, and was a consultant to many colleges and universities, as well as the New York State Education Department, State Board of Nursing. In 1979, she was given the Women of Courage Honorary Award by the Central NY Chapter of Nation Organization for Women. Working with Dr. Joan I. Roberts, psychologist and professor emerita of Syracuse University, Dr. Group wrote and published two books, Feminism and Nursing and Nurses, Physicians, and the Medical Monopoly. Group retired as dean and professor emerita in 1997 and relocated the following year to Scottsdale, Ariz., maintaining a second residence in Salt Lake City.

During her 25 years with Syracuse University, Group served on numerous University Senate and governance committees, such as Budget and Fiscal Affairs, Chancellor’s Select committees, the Association of Women Faculty, and Affirmative Action. As dean of the College of Nursing, she directed the production of 26 grants for external funding, achieved increased equity in nursing faculty salaries, initiated a faculty development program to increase the number of doctoral degrees held by the nursing faculty, expanded graduate enrollment by 350 percent, expanded the Continuing Education Program in Nursing, guided the faculty in developing several program specializations at the graduate level, increased undergraduate student scholarship funds by 150 percent, increased graduate student scholarship funds by 120 percent, incorporated the college’s undergraduate program into the University Honors Program, and assisted students in forming a chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Organization.

Thetis is survived by her companion of 54 years, Joan I. Roberts; nephews Dr. Edward F. Group III (wife Dr. Daniela Zegarac and sons Edward IV and Kingston) of Houston, Texas, and Dr. Jonathan N. Group (wife Jennifer Hanges and children Ashley, Jonathan Jr. and Andrew) of Austin, Texas; and adopted nieces Pamela Andrews and Linda Campos. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Edward Sr. and Thetis M. Group, and by her brother, Dr. Edward F. Group, Jr. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse. Contributions in her honor and to her memory may be made to the Dr. Thetis Miller Group Charitable Trust, 7307 East Rose Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Edited from the notice published Jan. 22 in the Syracuse (NY) Post Standard.


Tom Loveridge BA’79 MEd’81, who worked with the University of Utah’s administration for more than 30 years, died Feb. 6 during a routine surgery. He was 58.

Thomas John Loveridge was born Feb. 5, 1954. Shortly after serving an LDS mission to Japan, he married Dillece Bates and had his first four children: Dustin, Benjamin, Daniel, and Tracey. As a student at the U, he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. He later became a valued member of the U administration. In 1996, Tom met and married Elizabeth E. Rose. He and Liza had two children, Tommy and Josie. As a family, they loved traveling together, creating “adventures” to undiscovered places, setting up holiday decorations (especially Halloween and his scary village), skiing, and going to movies.

Tom also found joy in his rich hobby life. He loved flying radio-controlled electric airplanes with the Falcon Park Brotherhood. He also loved practicing and performing magic for parties, charities, and for his children’s schools. He always loved golf, reading historical biographies, and studying Ancient Greece.

Tom is survived by his wife Liza; his children, Dustin, Benjamin, Daniel, Tracey, Tommy, and Josie; his parents, Dick and LaRae Loveridge; siblings Karen, Lisa, Gary, and Bill; and 13 grandchildren.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from February 8 to February 9, 2012. 

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