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July 31, 2013
I am so sorry to learn of Bob Hardesty's passing. I worked with Bob for four years at the University of Texas System and I'm tempted to say that "he taught me everything I know." I was a recent "green" graduate of UT Austin's School of Journalism with a few years of work experience at Austin Community College when Bob took me under his wing in his Vice Chancellor's office. I remember on my first day, he rattled off a seemingly endless list of job responsibilities and tasks he wanted me to perform. I said: "Mr Hardesty, I don't know how to do half of those things?" He fixed me with those penetrating eyes and said: "Well, Scott, you're going to learn," and he made sure that I did. Of course he was a marvelous writer and editor and hopefully some of that rubbed off, but he was also a masterful and graceful politician, an articulate speaker, a keen observer of human nature, a gifted administrator and an inspirational leader - as his many achievements and successes over his long career demonstrated. Bob could be a stern taskmaster, but he was also generous and funny and fair. My father, Horace W. Busby Jr, was a huge fan of Bob Hardesty's, and helped bring him into the White House to write speeches for President Johnson. I am eternally grateful for my friendship with Bob, and for everything he taught me. All the Busbys, near and far, send our sympathies to his family and his legions of admirers and friends.
July 13, 2013
ROBERT L HARDESTY WAS MY NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE HALL FOR HALL FOR ALMOST A YEAR, AND I REGRET I DID NOT GET TO VISIT WITH HIM MORE. I TOLD MY FRIEND BRAD BYERS ABOUT HIM AND HE WAS SAD AT THE PASSING
July 12, 2013
I met Dr. Hardesty at his inauguration in the fall of'82. I was a student working the event in Strahan coliseum. There were so many dignitaries from all over the world there dressed in very elaborate gowns, I was just a kid in the corner when he walked by, he stopped dead in his tracks came over stuck his hand out and introduced himself to me as if I was the most important person he would meet all day!
Anytime you saw him around campus (usually walking his dogs) he always spoke. An absolute wonderful gentleman. RIP.
July 12, 2013
My condolences at your loss. Having just lost my soon to be 97 year old Mother last week, I can empathize with your grief over the passing of someone who did so much for so many,
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