PRINCETON, N.J. -- David F. Bradford, a Princeton University economics professor and former presidential adviser, died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a fire at his home two weeks earlier. He was 66.
Mr. Bradford, who served as a top economic adviser to former President Bush, suffered third-degree burns over half his body in the Feb. 8 fire, which was caused by one of about 10 lit candles on a Christmas tree that had been in the house since December.
He had been a member of Princeton's faculty since 1966 and was an authority on taxation. At the time of his death, Mr. Bradford was a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He also held positions with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, the American Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the New York University School of Law.
"All members of the University community are immensely saddened at the loss of our beloved colleague and teacher David Bradford. He was a fine scholar and a man of intelligence and integrity," Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, said in a statement.
A Cambridge native, Mr. Bradford graduated from Amherst College in 1960. He received a master's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1962 and a doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 1966. He was a member of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers from 1991 to 1993 and served under Presidents Ford and Reagan. He also was deputy assistant secretary for tax policy in the Treasury Department in 1975 and 1976. He played a key role in the study that led to the publication of "Blueprints for Basic Tax Reform," regarded as a precursor to the income tax reforms enacted in 1986.
Mr. Bradford leaves his wife, Gundel; a son, Theodore of Boston; a daughter, Lulu of Heidelberg, Germany; a sister, Victoria Witte of Webster Groves, Mo.; and four grandchildren. A gathering in his memory for members of the Princeton University community was held this week. A local service is planned.