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Edward Brodney (1910-2002)

At the age of 27, Edward Brodney won a competition to paint a mural for the new Newton War Memorial. His work, which features a Newton priest and legendary World War I chaplain, the Reverend William J. Farrell, can be seen in the hall connecting the War Memorial with the Newton City Hall.

Brodney's art education began in the children's classes at the Museum of Fine Arts. While still in high school, he attended evening classes at the Massachusetts College of Art and completed a three-year program at the South Boston School of Art. He graduated from the Museum School with honors, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts at Yale. Newton artist Leslie P. Thompson was among his teachers at the Museum School.

After a tour of duty in World War II, he married and bought a home at 15 Clark Street in Newton Centre. To support his family, he opened an art and antiques gallery in Boston, which is now operated by his son. At age 65 Brodney returned to painting full time.

Painting: "Mural, Newton War Memorial, 1937"