Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Hannah G. Bradley Endowment

Hannah G. Bradley, c. 1960

Hannah Griffith Bradley was born in Pasadena in 1928 to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Griffith and remained a longtime resident there. She attended, and forever valued, Polytechnic and Ethel Walker schools, and Smith College. She married Wilson Bradley Jr. and had three daughters, all of whom were also raised in Pasadena.

Hannah believed strongly in contributing to one’s community and was involved with many philanthropic and volunteer activities, including the Pasadena Day Nursery, Huntington Botanical Gardens, LA Arboretum, Caltech, and Polytechnic School. She was a teacher and leader, serving as the first woman to chair the Polytechnic School Board of Trustees and president of the California Arboretum Foundation. She was also an avid gardener, a long-time member of the Pasadena Garden Club, and a docent at the Huntington Gardens. Her garden was featured on many garden tours and won numerous awards.

Later in her life Hannah moved to the family beach house at Sandyland Cove in Carpinteria, where she built a wonderful new community of friends, created more stunning gardens and continued her passion for cooking. There, she also developed a love of birds through the surrounding Carpinteria salt marsh sanctuary. Hannah had many physical challenges in her 92 years, but managed each one with determination, wit, and grace, and was a true inspiration to those who knew her. Her daughters created the Hannah G. Bradley Endowment to honor their mother and create a legacy for their hometown.

Created July 2023

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