Dan J. Bradley, 47, a Miami lawyer who was president of the Legal Services Corp. for three years before resigning in 1982 and becoming an eloquent spokesman for homosexual rights, died Jan. 8 at a hospital in Coral Gables, Fla. He had acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Mr. Bradley was a longtime social activist who spent much of his career working to help the poor, blacks, migrant workers and most recently those who had AIDS. He did not disclose that he was a homosexual until leaving Legal Services in 1982, after 15 years of government service.
His years at Legal Services were stormy ones. The agency is an independent, government-funded organization that finances local legal aid organizations to give the poor legal help in noncriminal matters. Attacked by right-wing critics for setting its own social and economic agenda it was also charged with using federal funds for lobbying for the agency's interest.
Yet, although some of the new Reagan administration wanted to abolish Legal Services, Mr. Bradley persuasively argued on the agency's behalf. He not only kept his job, but helped persuade Congress to continue to finance the corporation. He was widely credited by friend and foe as the key figure in saving Legal Services.
Mr. Bradley said that he had wrestled with his sexual identity for many years, and that he delayed announcing his homosexuality while Congress was debating the fate of his agency. He said that his political opponents would have used his personal life to try to destroy the agency.
He also said in a 1982 interview, "Until I finally came to grips with my sexuality . . . and made up my mind to come out of the closet when I left this job, I lived almost every day in sheer, unmitigated fear. The fear that you're going to be discovered is always there, gnawing inside you."
After announcing his homosexuality, he took his activism to the airwaves and the university lecture circuit. He also practiced law in Miami, accepted seats on the boards of the Gay Rights National Lobby and the Lambda Legal Defense Fund Inc. He also chaired an American Bar Association committee dealing with the question of homosexual rights.
In 1983, he appeared on a panel with former representative Robert E. Bauman (R-Md.), a former political opponent, to lobby the ABA to announce support for a congressional bill prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals. The ABA defeated the resolution by the narrow margin of 158 to 134.
In 1985, Mr. Bradley was diagnosed as having AIDS, and continued to work while undergoing chemotherapy for AIDS-related cancer. In October, he was a leader in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets here to protest for AIDS research and against what they believed was a lack of government support.
At a smaller rally in June, Mr. Bradley led demonstrators who were arrested after they scaled a concrete barricade in front of the White House and sat in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue chanting, "Reagan, Reagan, Too Little, Too Late."
That protest had begun with a four-block march from a downtown church, past gaping tourists and construction workers. Mr. Bradley had led the group, carrying a floral wreath laced with a large black ribbon to commemorate the 20,000 Americans who had died of AIDS.
"I've been in bed for two days resting for this," he told reporters.
Mr. Bradley was born in Warm Springs, Ga., and was orphaned at the age of 5. He grew up in a church children's home, apart from his five brothers and sisters. He was a graduate of Mercer University in Georgia, where he also received a law degree.
In the early 1960s, he was a lawyer with the Florida Migrant Legal Services. He joined Legal Services, then part of the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1966.
He was active in the 1976 Jimmy Carter presidential campaign. In 1977, Mr. Bradley was appointed Florida state racing commissioner by Gov. Reubin Askew. He said that he had never attended a horse or dog race before his appointment, but he became a highly respected official and a national leader in the drive to stop drugging animals for racing.
One of the most difficult moments of his life, he later said, came during an Askew news conference. The governor, asked his position on Anita Bryant's antigay campaign in Miami, responded that he supported it. When Askew was asked whether he would ever hire a homosexual and he said he would not. Mr. Bradley said, "I had to loosen my collar to breathe."
Yet, after leaving government, Mr. Bradley spoke out. He appeared on "Donahue" with the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Falwell told him gays were condemned to hell unless they sought forgiveness and gave up their ways.
Mr. Bradley responded: "When I die and get to the Pearly Gates and St. Peter takes out his checklist on who is admitted to heaven, he is not going to ask my sexual orientation. He is going to ask, 'Did you do your good deeds? Did you help your neighbor? Did you help the poor?' "
BYRON (BEANO) ROLLINS,
74, an award-winning Associated Press photographer who had covered every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon, died Jan. 8 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Washington.
He worked for the AP for almost 37 years before his retirement in 1978. He was based in Washington throughout his career. Mr. Rollins won numerous awards, including several from the White House News Photographers Association. He became a Washington assignment editor a few years before he retired.
Mr. Rollins was a native of Washington. He worked as a photo desk copy boy for The Washington Post for several years before the mid-1930s when he became a photographer for the Wide World Photos, a service then owned by the New York Times and acquired by AP in 1941.
He went to Europe during World War II as a war correspondent. Among other wartime assignments, he covered the Battle of the Bulge, the Third Army commanded by Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Laura, a son, James W., of Alexandria, a daughter, Marjorie Henderson of Bethesda, and two grandchildren.
EUGENE W. BAYOL,
86, a retired deputy director of the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, died Dec. 26 at a hospital in Slidell, La., of complications after a stroke.
Mr. Bayol was a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., and had lived in Slidell with his stepdaughter for the past year. He was born in Greensboro, Ala., and had served in the Navy. He attended Southeastern University and earned a law degree at American University.
He moved to the Washington area in the late 1920s and went to work for the Department of Agriculture about 1929. He was deputy director of the ASCS when he retired in 1965. For the next four years, he had a private law practice. He moved to Florida about 1969.
Mr. Bayol was a Mason and a member of the National Editorial Association and the National Press Club.
Survivors include his wife, Hettie E. Bayol of Fort Myers and New Orleans; three sons, Eugene W. Bayol Jr. of Geneva, Franklin M. Bayol of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Benjamin Bayol of San Francisco; one stepdaughter, Jean Duke of Slidell; two sisters, Lucille Carneal of Aylett, Va., and Mrs. Russell Taylor of Greensboro; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
BERNICE KIRKHAM FINN,
87, a longtime Washington area resident and a former employee of the American Home Economics Association, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Jan. 6 at the Meridian Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring. She lived at Leisure World of Maryland Inc. in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Finn was born in Anita, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University. She moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s and worked for the American Home Economics Association during the late 1930s and the early 1940s.
She married William G. Finn, a State Department foreign service officer, and accompanied him on an assignment to Paris from 1949 to 1962. Her husband died in 1986.
Mrs. Finn was a member of the PEO Sisterhood and the Tri Delta Sorority.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Smith of Mondovi, Wis., and Carole Fisher of Canton, Conn.; one sister, Margaret Holst of Hyattsville, and four grandchildren.
MABEL A. WAGY,
101, a retired assistant section chief in the claims division of the General Accounting Office, died of pneumonia Jan. 8 at Thomas House, a Baptist retirement home in Washington.
Mrs. Wagy was born in Lima, Ill. She moved to the Washington area about 1918 and went to work for the federal government. She retired from the GAO in 1953.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was a past president of the Burrall Sunday School Class. In 1970 she was named "Outstanding Bible Class Member of the Year" by the Organized Bible Class Association.
Her husband, James R. Wagy, died in 1939. Survivors include one daughter, Margaret F. Wagy of Washington.