Sunday, February 26, 2012
William Jay "Jack" Brady, BHS 1945
Jay was very creative, exercised a bright mind, was skilled with his hands, and an energetic worker. He could build a car from the ground up and would later design and construct several homes and a cabin for his family. Jay rode spirited horses in his early Southern California days. He also lifted weights, near the area that became known as Muscle Beach. Jay attended college at SMU, UCLA, UNR, and eventually UNLV. He majored in mathematics, excelled in geology and physics, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UNLV in 1970.
Jay was musically gifted, singing with the Double Dater Quartet while at SMU, and performing harmonies by voice and guitar with the Tiny Mike Trio during his days at UNR. In the early 1950's, an enthusiastic Brady arrived at the sprawling deserts of the Nevada Proving Grounds, where he would witness atomic history and make significant contributions toward nuclear research and testing. It was here that Jay, as a Lieutenant of Security with Federal Services, met Wanda Nell Wilson, a beautiful lady from the Panhandle of Texas, and asked her to go on a special date, to see an above ground nuclear test. On June 18, 1955 Jay and Wanda were married at The Little Church of The West in Las Vegas.
Jay also helped establish security at the original Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. During the 1950's and 60's, Jay participated in or witnessed a vast majority of above ground nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site and oh, the stories he could tell. Jay's position was that of Senior Health Physicist. In later years, Jay often travelled to Washington, D.C. and served on several committees concerning radiation safety. He especially enjoyed serving with the National Academy of Sciences.
William J. Brady was also an excellent chess player, a legendary popcorn maker, and shared the enjoyment of fishing with his family. His son has since become one of the best fish story tellers in all of Southern Nevada. Jay was preceded by his parents, Earnest Michael Brady and Ann Gilliland Scott Brady, both of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) - July 29, 2006