Bradfield, a 1942 agricultural education graduate, was honored by the agricultural alumni as a pioneer environmentalist and expert on spray technology who contributed to the development, manufacture and sales of spray equipment, and to the education of people on proper spray application methods.
Bradfield has spent most of his career in pest control. He worked in sales, engineering, education and promotion for Hahn Inc., Sprayer Manufacturing, and then for Chem-Farm Inc. in chemical applicator service and training.
A founding member of the North Central Weed Science Society, Bradfield served the organization in several positions, including president. The society named him an honorary member in 1979, its highest honor.
Bradfield served as president, vice president, program chairman, a member of the board of directors, and chairman of the industrial committee for the North Central Weed Control Conference.
Bradfield has been called on to consult for several professional organizations, including the Weed Society of Washington, and has appeared before the federal Environmental Protection Agency twice. He was the first editor of Custom Applicator magazine, and edited a sprayer technicians' book for the World Food Organization. He has helped train pesticide applicators at Purdue and in Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska Minnesota, Wisconsin, and abroad in Greece, Mexico, France, and Canada chiefly for Dupont and Allied Chemical Corporations. He also served as an applicator instructor for the National FertiIi zer Solutions Association, and for the Golf Course Superintendents Assn.
Bradfield has also provided community leadership. He served as president a Vanderburgh-Warrick Counties Agricultural Alumni Assn., The West Evansville Civitan Club, the Mens' Garden Club and the Southern Indiana Beagle Club.
He also served as governor and lieutenant governor of the Midwest District of Civilian International. He has served as chairman of the Vanderburgh County 4-H Committee, a committee chairman for the Evansville Chamber of Commerce, magazine editor for the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party. He has served as an advisor to Congressman Roger Zoin, and as an executive in residence at the University of Southern Indiana. Bradfield served with General Douglas MacArthur in the Army during World War II. He received the Army Commendation Medal and was recognized by the Phillipine Government for his work with prisoners of war.