July 15, 2004
Vol. 23 No. 19

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    Margaret Bradley, first-year medical student

    The body of Margaret Bradley (A.B.,’01), a first-year student in the Pritzker School of Medicine, was found Saturday, July 10, in Grand Canyon National Park, where she had last been seen by her running partner on Thursday, July 8, during a 30-mile run to the bottom of the canyon.

    They were separated on the way down the canyon, and when she did not meet up with her family in Flagstaff, Ariz., as planned, they reported her missing.

    Bradley, who placed 31st in the 2004 Boston Marathon, also was a top performer in the University’s women’s cross-country program. She was an All-American athlete in 1999 and a three-time All-University Athletic Association honoree, winning in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Bradley also held the second best five-kilometer time (17:38) in the women’s cross-country program’s history.

    Bradley, who graduated with an A.B. in biological sciences and geophysical sciences in December 2001, worked part-time as a research assistant in Carole Ober’s laboratory, where she was assisting in a variety of projects on human genetics.

    She first met Ober, Professor in Human Genetics and the College, when she took Ober’s undergraduate course in genetics. Bradley then began working as a technician in the lab, which she continued while enrolled in medical school.

    “Margaret was a bright, motivated, quiet, nice student,” said Ober. “She was one of those amazing kids who could do anything she wanted and do it well.”

    Student Counseling Resource Services are available for anyone who needs grief counseling services and may be contacted at (773) 702-9800.

    A memorial service is being planned and will be announced when information becomes available.