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The Daniel S. Brady Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship
Members of the Barben-Jones V.F.W. Post 1400 created this scholarship in 1977 to commemorate their past commander's dedication to veterans. It is offered to a son or daughter of a veteran attending Jefferson Community College pursuing a degree. A recipient must be in need of financial aid and show above average academic achievement.
Remembering his father, Daniel S. Brady, Jr., stated, 'He spent the majority of his life doing things for other people, never to profit for himself. He was an incredibly patient man.'
Daniel S. Brady was born on March 4, 1924, in Utica, New York. Answering his call to duty in World War II, he served under the Navy command in the Pacific Theater of War as a submarine radar sonar technician. In 1952, while working full-time at the Williamson Tobacco Co. and serving as the Post 1400 commander, he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.
The first All State Insurance Company branch, established in 1952 in Watertown, was headed by Mr. Brady. Actively involved in Republican politics, he functioned as treasurer of the Republican Party. He resigned his position in 1977 when he was elected to a seat on the Watertown City Council.
Mr. Brady was an advocate for the rights of veterans on the state and national levels. He lectured before Congress on veteran's rights and issues. He was the chairman of the New York State Legislative Committee and was elected the permanent chairman of the New York State World War Memorial Authority. He served as commander of the Jefferson County Veteran's Council. He was a national council member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars of the United States and was associated with the V.F.W. National Voice of Democracy Committee.
Recognizing Mr. Brady's longtime commitment to veterans, the Jefferson County Chapter 18 of the Disabled American Veterans presented him with a national certificate for outstanding concern for and assistance to disabled veterans.
Mr. Brady was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the North Side Improvement League, the Watertown Elks Lodge, the Jefferson County Historical Society and Army Navy Post 61, American Legion.
Daniel S. Brady died in Watertown on March 27, 1978. After his death, New York State passed a resolution memorializing his accomplishments. His wife was the late Jean E. Brady. They had four children and several grandchildren.
The Jefferson Community College Foundation is thankful to members of the Barben-Jones Post for providing this scholarship.