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Alfred Bader in the words of those who knew him best

April 22, 2024

Generations of students have been touched by the generosity of the late Dr. Alfred Bader, BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86. Inspired by the opportunities he received as a Queen’s student, Dr. Bader began a life-long association with the university that continues to enrich campus life.

From April 26-28, Queen’s recognized what would have been Dr. Bader’s 100th birthday and will continue to celebrate his legacy and share his impact with future generations of students.


Here are six videos explaining Dr. Bader’s values and motivations in the words of those who knew him best.

Dr. Bader’s Queen’s journey began with mid-term acceptance in 1941, launching an academic career that culminated with earning a PhD from Harvard University in 1950.


After difficulties sourcing chemicals during his doctoral studies, Dr. Bader founded Aldrich Chemical to meet widespread academic and industrial needs.


When establishing a plant in Milwaukee, Dr. Bader took direct action to ensure his company’s workforce was diverse.


Dr. Bader’s life-long passions — art, the Bible, and chemistry — permeated his life.


Dr. Bader first met his future wife Isabel Overton in 1949, before reconnecting with her in 1976.


Dr. Bader’s life-long philanthropic journey was rooted in his gratitude for the opportunities he received.


The university continues to celebrate Dr. Bader’s incredible legacy annually on Nov. 15, known as Bader Day to the Queen’s community. It marks the anniversary of Dr. Bader’s arrival on campus and celebrates the profound generosity of the Bader family.