Dr. Calvin Raymond Harding, Jr.
I worked with Dr. Harding at Day Surgery at Suburban Hospital years ago with Dr. Kasdan. I have fond memories of his kindness toward everyone including staff and patients. He was remarkably dedicated to the well being of his patients. Certainly his spirit remains on this earth in all that he touched. God Bless his family.
Cal Ray and I dated when I was 17. He was always the gentleman, kind and charming, but my classmate Linda got the prize. When my husband died in 2010, Cal showed up to comfort me. Two years later he decided his old friend had been locked in her house too long. We sat in the drive, looked at old pictures, talked about his parents, Mike, Linda, Mary and his medical conditions. We softened the sadness with hot chocolate. It was so good to have those few hours with him.
I've known Cal Ray since 1969 at St. Anthony's. I was a surgical tech and so was with him quite a lot. He was always fun to be around and i learned many things from him. I planned on attending nursing school and then nurse anesthesia school. When he found out about nurse anesthesia school, I was then one of his students. Many times in the evenings, when we wern't busy, he would take me on rounds with him. During these times, he taught me many thing that I used throughout my nurse anesthesia career. He was truely a genuine person.
I remember Cal Ray as a life guard at Crescent Hill pool, member of Demolay and fraternity brother of my husband Jim. I still often say that all I want to do is have Harding's at the corner so I can take our prescriptions in there. Cal's dad was a very special man. Linda was a very good friend of one of my childhood friends and I met her that way. I saw Cal Ray having lunch with my good friend's son just before Christmas. Jenny sang in the Crusader choir at St. Matthews United Methodist with our kids and was on a choir trip I chaperoned. I have pleasant memories of the entire family and know that Cal will be missed by many. Oue aympathy goes out to all.
My Sympathy to the Harding Family. My Mother Margie Caskey Connolly was a long time friend of Margie Harding, Cal Ray Jr.'s mother. I remember when I was very young the Harding Pharmacy had just opened and we went there to visit. My brother and I were treated to an Ice Cream Sunday. What wonderful people. Mr. Harding Sr. was so proud to own his new Drug Store.