Bradshaw, Thornton F.

Bradshaw, Thornton F. (Frederick)

(1917–88) corporate executive; born in Washington, D.C. He taught at Harvard Business School (1942–52) after earning a Ph.D. there. As an executive and finally president of Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) (1956–81), he developed a national reputation as a long-range strategic corporate planner. He was the last president of RCA (Radio Corporation of America) (1981–85), restoring its profitability before superintending its sale to General Electric.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.