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Bradbury Thompson

Washburn University alumnus Bradbury Thompson.Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995) was a native Topekan who graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn College, where he received a bachelor of arts in economics in 1934.

While at Washburn, Thompson was president of his class as a senior, captain of the track team, editor of two editions of the Kaw yearbook and the designer for seven volumes of the college annual.

Thompson designed the official Mr. Ichabod symbol for the 1938 Kaw and later designed large murals depicting campus buildings lost in the 1966 tornado. Those murals were designed for the Washburn Memorial Union.

He was one of the most innovative and renowned graphic designers of the 20th century, working as the art director of Mademoiselle and design director of Art News and Art News Annual. He designed the formats for dozens of other magazines, including the Smithsonian.

Thompson also designed numerous U.S. postage stamps and was a faculty member at the Yale School of Art for more than 30 years.