Glenn Walter Hardy

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Glenn Walter Hardy, age 95, passed away July 18, 2019, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Glenn was born in 1923 in Baxter Springs, Kan. Best known and revered for his contributions to agricultural education, Glenn served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas for 38 years. Nine of those years were spent in the Department of Agronomy. He was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics in 1965 and served until 1987 when he joined the faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, where he served until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Alpha Zeta. After serving three years of active duty in the US Navy, Glenn graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., with a degree in chemistry in 1944. He earned his master's degree in education from the same university and received a Ph.D. in Agronomy in 1957 from Kansas State. In addition to his contributions to higher education, Glenn served the following organizations: Boy Scouts of America—Razorback district chairman three years and vice president of West Ark Area Council for several years; served on the boards of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County, United Way for Washington County, and University of Arkansas Retirement Association. He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum and was inducted into Arkansas's Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a longtime member of the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Later in his career, he served on the National Advisory Committee for Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. Glenn found his work gratifying. He said, "The most important work I did can't be documented. I got to work with Arkansas's most important crop, the children. Many of the leaders of the state are our graduates." Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Mather Hardy. He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. Hardy; sons, Michael Glenn Hardy (Donna) and Kevin Scott Hardy (Kathy); a sister, Mary Blanchard; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A military funeral will be held on August 19 at 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 S. Government Avenue, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow at 2 p.m. at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Rd. Memorials can be made to the Glenn Hardy Endowed Scholarship, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, AFLS E-202, Attn: Glenn W. Hardy Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. To place an online tribute, visit

Published August 11, 2019

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