Richard “Brad” Angell - A life dedicated to Peace, Civil Rights and the Power of Reason
Richard “Brad” Bradshaw Angell died on December 24, 2010 at the age of 92, surrounded by
family at his home in Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, PA. He is survived by his loving
wife of 62 years, Imogene; his brothers Gardiner (Helen) and Steve Angell; his children, John
(Emily Nahat), Paul, Jim (Cathy), David (Monisa) and Kathy Angell; grandchildren, Noah, Dylan,
Caitlin, Corina & Olivia Angell, Elias Ketchum (Elizabeth Horpedahl), Craig Gilman (Jessica) and
Justin Lunge; and great grandchildren, Blake & Julie Gilman, Noah & Marlee Horpedahl.
He was born to Stephen Leroy and Mary Alice Angell on October 14, 1918 in Bronxville, NY. He
attended Bronxville High School, where he founded a Peace Club and first joined the Religious
Society of Friends, or Quakers, at the age of 15. He went on to Swarthmore College as an
undergraduate in the class of 1940. He initially thought he would like to go into politics and did
his Graduate studies at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Masters
in Government Administration.
During WW2, he had applied for and was granted Conscientious Objector status, however he
was moved to volunteer with the Army 20th General Hospital unit in May, 1942. He was sent to
officer’s training school and emerged as a Medical Administrative Officer, at a captain’s rank. In
this role, he would not be called upon to kill and would be in a position to help save lives on both
sides of the conflict. This allowed him to reconcile his pacifist beliefs with his need to help stop
the evil Hitler was perpetrating.
Upon his return from the war in 1945, his direction had moved away from politics and he had
developed a keen interest in the study of ethics. He went to talk with the famous American
Philosopher, Philosopher, and Education Reformer, John Dewey, regarding the possibility of
pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. He applied and was accepted to Harvard, where he met his wife
Imogene, while boarding with Professor John Demos’ family. They were married in June of
1949 and enjoyed raising a family of five in their 62 years together. He received his PhD in
Philosophy from Harvard in 1954 and went on to a teaching career at several colleges, primarily
Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio and Wayne State University in Detroit, where he served as
He is the author of two books on Logic. His first, Reasoning and Logic, was a textbook
published in 1954. His second, A-Logic, published in 2002, when he was 84, laid out a new
system of logic which was his life’s work. It is available for review on the web at:
http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/philofrp/1/ He also maintained a personal journal of
Philosophical Thoughts from 1985 through 2010 which will be archived at Swarthmore College.
He was a member of a number of professional associations including the American
Philosophical Association, the Society for Exact Philosophy and the Gandhi-King Society for the
Philosophical Study of Non-Violence. He published many articles and abstracts in Academic
Journals and presented his papers internationally.
He has been an active member in the Society of Friends and was instrumental in the formation
of the Friends Meeting in Delaware, Ohio and served as Clerk for the Delaware and
Birmingham, MI Friends Meetings. He had a lifelong dedication to the Civil Rights and Peace
movements. And he had a sustaining belief in the power of reason as a force to benefit
humanity. He is profiled in Men of Peace, World War II Conscientious Objectors by Mary R.
Hopkins, along with his brother, Steve. He served as an officer in the Oakland County Chapter
of the United Nations Association-USA, the Board of Trustees for Friends School in Detroit and
the Oakland County Peace and National Priorities Center. With his wife Imogene, he founded
the Quaker Inner City School Endowment Fund (QICSEF), to help sustain urban Quaker
A man of vast curiosity, both intellectual and cultural, he was fascinated by all that surrounded
him from quantum physics to a jet ski competition he chanced upon when visiting Santa Cruz,
CA. He loved birds, trees, classical music, painting, historical sites and followed the rulings of
the Supreme Court and even the career of Tiger Woods. An avid outdoorsman and hiker, he
particularly loved the White Mountains, where he served as a guide at Lost River while in
college and made his final ascent of Mt. Washington at age 75. He raised his family to always
leave the campsite better than they had found it, as his father had raised him. And, always a
man of his convictions, he leaves this world a better place for having lived in it. He exemplified
the Quaker precept of finding “that of God in every person”, supporting his wife and raising their
children to question, be independent and follow their hearts where they led them.
Memorial Services will be held at Kendal Auditorium, Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, PA
on Saturday, January 15 at 2:00 PM. No flowers, please.
Messages to family may be sent to:
326 Kendal Drive
Kennett Square, PA 19348.
Donations in his memory may be made to:
B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)
1411 K Street NW Suite 603
Washington, DC 20005
FINCA International (Supports micro-financing around the world)
P.O. Box 98048,
Washington, DC 20090