John Brademas, who spent 22 years representing Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, including four years as House Majority Whip, has died. Brademas, who also served as president of New York University, was 89.
The Mishawaka native was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was elected as a Democrat to Indiana’s 3rd Congressional district in 1959, a position he held until 1981.
"John Brademas was a dear friend of mine, and I was privileged to represent the same Indiana congressional district," said U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN). "John was unfailingly kind, helpful, and thoughtful. He burned with a deep love for our country and with a desire to make the world a better place. He devoted his life to serving others, from his time in the Navy to his extraordinary leadership for more than two decades in Congress, where he led the charge to advance causes including civil rights, social justice, and education."
Current NYU President Andrew Hamilton described Brademas as a "person of remarkable character and integrity." Brademas led the university from 1981 until 1992.