Carnegie Mellon University
February 07, 2011

News Brief: Artful Alumnus Passes

John J. Brady (A'75), a longtime friend of the university who endowed a scholarship and whose design work has become part of Carnegie Mellon's philanthropic tradition, died on Friday, Feb. 4. He was 57.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, he went on to found Brady Communications, one of the most innovative marketing and design firms in Western Pennsylvania. On behalf of Brady Communications, he endowed a scholarship to help future design students at Carnegie Mellon.

"You know, we've been in business 27 years, fairly successful, 40 employees, big part of the design community. But it never even struck me that someone like myself and a firm this size could do something like that," explained Brady when endowing the scholarship. "It was just the idea of yeah, you know what, you could do it, and wouldn't that be a wonderful way to give back? It was like a light went on."

As a designer, Brady created some of the images used by the university, including the symbols for the Andrew Carnegie Society, and the Dunfermline, Skibo and Highlands circles.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Alexis Catholic Church, 10090 Old Perry Hwy. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090.

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