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“The beauty that is of many days. Steady and clear. It is the normal excellence, of long accomplishment.”
Jack Gilbert, American Poet


Isabel and Alfred Bader’s philanthropic legacy is guided by their love of the performing and visual arts, chemistry and the Judaic faith. It is steeped in Dr. Alfred Bader’s experience as a refugee, chemist, businessman and art collector. Dr. Bader, co-founder of Aldrich Chemical Company, a family-owned business that began in a rented garage which later moved into Milwaukee’s central city created family sustaining jobs for hundreds for decades. In his retirement years, Dr. Bader pursued his love of 17th century baroque art, including Dutch and Flemish masters such as Rembrandt and his followers.

Isabel’s passion continues to be drama and poetry, as she feels the spoken word connects us to a wider world. Drama and poetry gave her the confidence to stand before others which led her to a teaching career which enabled her to share her love for performance.

Accomplishments Timeline

Dr. Alfred Bader was born on April 28, 1924 in Vienna, Austria.
At the age of 14, Dr. Bader was sent to England under the Kindertransport program, which removed thousands of Jewish children from Germany and German-annexed countries.
Dr. Bader enrolled at Queen’s University, where he earned multiple degrees – Bachelor of Science in engineering chemistry, Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Science in chemistry.
Dr. Bader co-founded Aldrich Chemical Company with his friend and attorney, Jack Eisendrath. The company expanded and moved to Milwaukee’s central city in 1958.
Isabel and Alfred Bader first met in July 1949 and were married in 1982.
Did you know?
In addition to being a chemist, businessman and art collector, Dr. Alfred Bader wrote and published two books.
Did You Know?
“Adventures of a Chemist Collector” and “Chemistry & Art: Further Adventures of a Chemist Collector”