Sally Anne Presser MPH ’74


Sally Anne Presser MPH ’74, a longtime resident of El Cerrito and Pt. Richmond, Calif., passed away on May 18, 2011.

Born in New York City in 1939 to George Goodnow Bradley and Oenia Payne Bradley, she grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, where she attended the public schools through the 11th grade.

Following the death of her mother, her father married Mary MacDougall and the family subsequently moved to Sudbury, Mass., in 1956. She graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., in 1957 and went on to the University of Vermont, majoring in medical technology, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and an active supporter throughout her life.

Following graduation, Sally went to work at Parke Davis in Detroit, Mich., and then moved to Berkeley, Calif., in 1963. She first went to work at the Navy Biological Laboratory in Oakland, Calif., and then moved to the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkley, where she worked as a virologist until her retirement in 1995. While working at the university, she enrolled in the graduate school and received a master’s degree in public health.

For the past 15 years, Sally was a very active member of the University Section Club at Berkeley, serving at one time or another in all the of the officer positions from treasurer to president. She was the chair or co-chair of the Walking Section of the club for seven years. Also during this time period, Sally was secretary to the Oakland Museum of California History Guild. She was on the board of the Country Club Vista homeowners association for five years, again serving in all positions from secretary to president.

Sally loved sailing and spent as much time as possible sailing “Bay Bird” with her husband, Steve. She was active in the Catalina 320 Association and was the First Fleet Secretary of the association for three years. She was a member of the Berkeley Yacht Club for the past 35 years. She and her husband Steve also sailed at their summer home on Gilmore Pond in Jaffrey.

Sally leaves her husband of 42 years, Steven Presser, her brother, Stephen Bradley, of Lexington, Mass., and Jaffrey, her nephew, Gerrit Bradley, of Swampscott, Mass., and her niece, Jessica Bradley-Durkin, of Beverley, Mass.

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