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“I loved my work and looked forward to each day, wondering whom I could help that day.”
Dr. Alfred Bader

Passions

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.
1924
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.
1938
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.
1941
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.
1951
Isabel and Alfred Bader first met in July 1949 and were married in 1982.
1982
Did you know?
In addition to being a chemist, businessman and art collector, Dr. Alfred Bader wrote and published two books. “Adventures of a Chemist Collector” and “Chemistry & Art: Further Adventures of a Chemist Collector”
Did You Know?
The Alfred Bader Fine Arts gallery in Milwaukee, was founded by Dr. Bader and Marvin Klitsner in 1961.
Did You Know?
Aldrich Chemical Company was co-founded by Dr. Bader with Jack Eisendrath, who was a lawyer