NED Mourns the Death of Former Chairman John Brademas

Former NED Chairman John Brademas (center) received NED’s Democracy Service Medal in 2001.  Pictured here with NED President Carl Gershman (left) and former NED board member and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.



DATE:  July 12, 2016

CONTACT:  Jane Riley Jacobsen, or (202) 378-9700               

WASHINGTON, DC – It was with great sadness that the Board of Directors and staff of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) learned of the passing of its former chairman, The Honorable John Brademas, who died July 11, 2016 in New York City at the age of 89.

Brademas, an 11-term Democratic congressman from South Bend, Indiana, who also served as president of New York University, served as NED chairman from 1993-2001.

“John Brademas was a great public servant and a fervent friend of democracy in the United States and throughout the world,” said NED President Carl Gershman.  “His chairmanship of the NED board during the Clinton Administration helped solidify the bipartisan consensus in the Congress favoring democracy assistance, and his strong leadership rallied support for NED’s mission and work at a time of growing isolationism in the aftermath of the Cold War.  John was a beloved man, and he will be long remembered and sorely missed.”

The Endowment paid tribute to Brademas’ service to NED and to the cause of democracy with the presentation of the NED’s Democracy Service Medal in January, 2001.

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