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.