Woodbury Mourns the Passing of Ray Bradbury

Woodbury University mourns the death of acclaimed author Ray Bradbury, a long-time friend of the university. Bradbury, 91, died June 5, 2012 in Southern California.

Bradbury received an honorary doctor of literature from Woodbury University in 2003, and he was associated with Woodbury for many years through the university’s Library Associates' Ray Bradbury Creativity Award.  This award is presented annually at a Library Associate’s event to an individual or organization judged by Bradbury and his committee to have contributed significantly to the universe of creative excellence. 

The link between the Library Associates and the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award was no happenstance. Bradbury’s idea of the perfect university would be to have the university housed within the library.  In fact, his advice often was: “Instead of taking a friend, take a book to lunch!”

Bradbury published more than 600 short stories over a 60-year period and has written novels, screenplays, plays, and poetry.  His best known works include The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451. In 2000, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He was also known for writing the screenplay for the film Moby Dick, along with television programs for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone and his own Ray Bradbury Theater. Bradbury also was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy Award.