Eugene Bradt, 76
Eugene Paul Bradt, 76, of Red Wing and formerly of Roseville, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
He was born on June 7, 1937, in Hastings to Robert and Lucille (Niederkorn) Bradt, later moving to Duluth where he graduated from Denfeld High School in 1955. On January 25, 1958, he married Darlene Hansen, who preceded him in death on April 13, 2001.
After completing his undergraduate work at Marquette University and the University of Minnesota, Gene graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1963. For the next 42 years, until 2005, he practiced with the firm of Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug, and Bradt trying hundreds of cases in State and Federal Court. Gene was a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, working as a mediator and arbitrator to resolve legal disputes without the necessity of litigation. He continued that practice actively from 2005 until several days before the diagnosis of a brain tumor in Feb. 2013. In large part, due to his successes, ADR is now required in almost all civil cases. He mediated or arbitrated in excess of 3000 cases. His contribution to the legal profession included participation in numerous committees and organizations. He was Chairman of the State Bar Association Workers Compensations Committee from 1973-1976. He was a long-time member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association serving as its President from 1984-1986. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of William Mitchell College of Law and was a prolific lecturer at seminars educating other lawyers. Gene received numerous professional honors and awards including a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization whose membership is restricted to a select few, chosen by peers; he was elected as a Fellow by the American Barr Association in 1995, listed in the National Publication Best Lawyers in America, and was a Perennial Super Lawyer in Law and Politics. His contribution to his profession is acknowledged by all who know him.
On Oct. 25, 2003 he married Dona Macaulay of Red Wing. They resided in Red Wing where he attended United Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, attending Symphony and Opera performances and especially enjoyed their frequent visits up north to the family's Sand Lake Cottage.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife; one sister, Betty Welshons, and one brother, Arnie Bradt.
He is survived by his wife Dona Macaulay-Bradt; three children, Kellie Bradt of Woodbury, Kevin (Marsha) Bradt of Roseville and Eric (Kathleen) Bradt of Grant Township, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; five stepchildren, Robert (Karen) Macaulay of Cloquet, Cathy (Michael) Burlager of Shakopee, Jim (Susan) Macaulay of Ada, Mich., George (Cheryl) Macaulay of Atlanta, Georgia and Carolyn (Michael) Liebe of Grand Rapids, Minn.; 15 step grandchildren; two brothers, Guy (Darlene) Bradt of Eleveth and William (Darlene) Bradt of Roseville; two sisters, Audrey (Ken) Kochendorfer of Hastings and Mary (Al) Kieffer.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at United Lutheran Church with Rev. Clark Cary officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to the church or donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.