A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Bradford Browne BROUGHTON
From the Watertown Daily Times
, Watertown, NY, February 5, 1997: Bradford Browne Broughton, 70, of 4 Leroy St., Clarkson University centennial professor and professor emeritus, died Tuesday at his home. He had been ill with cancer.
Mr. Broughton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1947 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1949. He was an instructor at Utica College of Syracuse University from September 1949 to June 1950.
He married the former June Margaret Barnum of New Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 7, 1950, in St. John's Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Mrs. Broughton's mother was the former Isabelle Virkler of Croghan.
After completing his Navy tour, Mr. Broughton was a case worker for the children's division of the Oneida County welfare department until June 1953. He left that post to pursue a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
He was named an instructor in liberal studies at then Clarkson College of Technology in July 1955 and joined the faculty the following September. He was promoted to assistant professor of liberal studies at Clarkson in July 1957.
He received his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania in June 1961.
He was named an associate professor in 1962 and professor of humanities in July 1966. At the time he became a full professor, he was the author of two books on Richard the Lionhearted and medieval English romances. In late 1969, his book on "Charlemagne in Medieval Poetry" was published.
Mr. Broughton taught at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, for his sabbatical year from September 1970 to June 1971. He also took sabbatical leave from Clarkson from September 1982 to June 1983 to teach and do research at Trinity College.
Mr. Broughton was presented with Clarkson's Distinguished Teaching Award at the college's commencement in May 1972. Earlier that year, he had been nominated by the Republican Party as a candidate for village trustee in Potsdam in the March election.
In 1981, Mr. Broughton was the prime force behind the creation of the Department of Technical Communications, which connected humanities and social sciences to the emerging world of technology. He was chairman of the Humanities department for many years and attracted and selected the faculty that made liberal studies a strong segment of the university's curriculum. He earned a national reputation as an expert on medieval knighthood and chivalry and published four books on the subject. During his 40 years of service to Clarkson, he served 16 years on the Faculty Senate, six of them as its chairman. His course, originally titled "Literature of Chivalry" didn't attract many students. He repackaged the class as "Knights, Dragons and Damsels in Distress" and it became one of the most popular classes offered.
As the university's historian, he wrote "A Clarkson Mosaic" to serve as the official history of the first 100 years of the university from 1896 to 1996. Clarkson University announced in December that an endowed scholarship had been established in honor of Mr. Broughton's distinguished career there.
Born Feb. 6, 1926, in Allentown, Pa., son of Harold Earle and Margaret S. Browne Broughton, he was a 1942 graduate of Hackensack (N.J.) High School.
Mr. Broughton served overseas in World War II from April 1945 until the war ended. He was an ensign on a landing craft in the battle of Okinawa and subsequent mine-destroying operations in Japan. He received a Battle Star and the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon.
He was commanding officer of a landing craft in San Francisco, Calif., before his discharge on Aug. 28, 1946.
He was recalled to active duty as a lieutenant junior grade in October 1950 during the Korean War. He was on duty in the United States and then in Korean operations until September 1952, and he was awarded the Korean ribbon with four Battle Stars.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Kevin J. O'Brien officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
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