In Memoriam: Rosemary Kopmeier Bradford Hewlett

Rosemary Kopmeier Bradford Hewlett, a long-time former member of Menlo College's Board of Trustees died after a short illness, on October 29, 2010 at her home in Atherton, California surrounded by her family and loved ones. Rosemary was instrumental in helping guide the College during a transitional time. Her son-in-law, Gabe Whelan, '70, joined the Board of Trustees in 2001 and carried on the family's legacy of leadership at Menlo College.

Visiting Faculty / Student Exchange

Rosemary was the sole donor for the Hewlett Visiting Faculty/Student Exchange with Harris Manchester College at Oxford, from which she received an honorary fellow degree.

ROSIE – Resource for Online Services and Information Electronically

One of her favorite projects at Menlo was the library, funding its program for innovative technology resources. In the process, Rosemary developed a close connection with library staff. Because they so loved her, they named its information system ROSIE. The Resource for Online Services and Information Electronically was a dynamic, interactive system that supported the scholarly work of Menlo's students and faculty, connecting them to information resources around the world.

“Before ROSIE, the College used a paper card catalog. Mrs. Hewlett's contribution to the College made possible the enormous process of converting paper records to digital records. ROSIE is still running and is the College's primary book catalog,” said William Walters, Dean of Library Services.

Peninsula Bridge Program

Another of Rosemary's beloved projects was the Peninsula Bridge Program, for which she endowed a scholarship for a deserving local high school student to attend college. In a Fall 2002 article in the Menlo Magazine, Les DeWitt, formerly the Bridge Program's founder and Executive Director, recalled Rosemary's contribution. “Rosie was intelligent, caring and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her touch was common and her personality was real. She was very approachable, and if she didn't like something, she would just say so, which I found very refreshing.”

“A leader is a person who puts herself out to make a point, to care about a subject, who guides everyone else along the way to follow,” said Rosemary. “It's wonderful and it's terrible, for you must be responsible for where you lead, for the mistakes you make. Those following are looking to you to take them to the right place.”

The following is an excerpt from Rosemary's obituary published in today's San Francisco Chronicle: Rosemary's stimulating conversation and exuberance for life will be forever remembered. She never hesitated to let you know how she felt and would often say, “I love you” or “Te quiero mas”. Rosemary is survived by her son, David Bradford and his wife Diane of Tiburon, son Robert Bradford of Woodside, son Peter Bradford and his wife Betty of Portola Valley, daughter Deborah Bradford Whelan and her husband Gabe Whelan of Atherton, and son Jeffrey Bradford and his wife Casey of Kauai and Sun Valley. Rosemary was much loved by her eight grandchildren, Michael and Melissa Bradford, Brigitte and Michelle Bradford, Jennifer, Harry, Natalie and Abby Whelan as well as many nieces and nephews and her dearly loved caretakers, Jose Pinto, Elda Chavez and their families. A private family service and celebration will take place November 6th, 2010. Final burial will be at the Ketchum Cemetery in Sun Valley, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Peninsula Bridge Program at 457 Kingsley Avenue Palo Alto, California 94301 or peninsulabridge.org/support