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Former BIAA Board Chair James S. Brady Dies at 73


Former BIAA Chairman and advocate James S. Brady died Monday at the age of 73.

Brady, who served as press secretary under Ronald Reagan, was severely injured during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, during which he sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the result of a gunshot wound.

Well known for his advocacy around gun control, Brady was a strong advocate for people with brain injuries. He was on the board of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), serving as Vice Chair from 1993 to 1996 and Chairman from 1997 to 2000.

Brady maintained an office at BIAA and was instrumental in advocating for the passage of the TBI Act of 1996. 

“This is a great loss for the brain injury community,” said BIAA President and CEO Susan Connors, who worked with Brady at BIAA and remembers him as a warm, open, and accessible colleague. “We remember his wit, his charm, and his dedication to raising awareness about the challenges of with TBI and the need for more research."


James S. Brady (far right, seated) at the signing of the TBI Act of 1996. 

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