Bradley Leidich Obituary (1948 – 2022) – Grantville, PA

Bradley (Brad) Leidich, 73, died suddenly of natural causes on June 14, 2022 at his home. Born October 22, 1948 in Harrisburg, he was the son of Lydia Jean (Cobourn) and Lee Leidich. After graduating from Central Dauphin High School, Brad graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Pennsylvania State University, graduated from St. Joseph Medical School for Respiratory Therapy (RT ) and earned a master’s degree in education. from Temple University. He was Director of the Respiratory Therapist Program at Lehigh Community College for thirteen years and then served as Director of the HACC Respiratory Therapist Program for 32 years, retiring in 2012 as Department Chair. Brad was a member of the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and he was a Certified Expert Parachutist with an occupational exposure rating. He made two thousand sky jumps and performed in numerous air shows throughout the Northeast. He jumped and later hosted the jump for the Lehigh Valley Parachute Team in J Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown during the annual 4th of July celebration. Brad served his country with honor in the Army Reserves and served as a Specialist 5 in a Mash Unit as an RT/PT Specialist from 1971 to 1972 at Fort Sam in Houston, TX. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association and an avid Penn State football fan. Since 1999, Brad has made significant and lasting contributions to the Commission on Accreditation in Respiratory Care (CoARC) and to the profession. He was Secretary of CoARC from 2004 to 2007; elected president from 2013 to 2015; Chairman from 2015 to 2017; Past President from 2017 to 2019; and Chairman of the Site Visit Review Committee for 9 years. He has also earned a well-deserved national reputation for his dedicated service as a site visitor and team captain for CoARC since 1989. Brad was awarded the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Fellowship in 2007. The AARC (FAARC) fellowship is conferred on those who have achieved a standard of excellence in the practice of respiratory care. A Fellow’s contributions extend beyond their individual work to a wider sphere of influence. Through academic achievement, validation of skills through advanced degrees, research initiatives, publications, and clinical initiatives, an AARC Fellow will have made their mark as a respiratory care professional of distinction. He was inducted into the National Council for Respiratory Care (NBRC)The Lambda Beta Society In 2016 he was made a National Honorary Fellow. This category of membership is reserved for individuals who have made “unique” contributions to the profession. Brad received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 from the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care. In addition to his loving mother-in-law, Virginia Leidich and Aunt Janet Brewer, Brad is survived by his devoted life partner of 23 years, Vicki Gentzel; son, Michael Gentzel (Kristen) of Mifflintown; daughter, Erin Harrington (Robert) of Telford; his brother, Bryson Leidich (Barbara) of Harrisburg; nephew, Jason Leidich (Kathleen); niece, Tana Schiewer (Don); as well as several beloved grandchildren, cousins ​​and his best friend since 6th grade, Calvin Gates. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. No flowers please; consider donating to a tribute to Brad that CoARC will establish, likely a scholarship or conference, because of his hard work and commitment to quality respiratory education. Look for more information after the CoARC Board meeting in July. Brad/PopPop/”Frank” will be sorely missed. Blue skies, Brad. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home. To share your condolences online, please visit BitnerCares.com.

Published by Patriot-News from June 25 to June 26, 2022.

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