Gardner, Harvey Cushman
Harvey Cushman Gardner, a longtime Nyack resident, died peacefully in his sleep at home on December 11, 2013. A farewell will be held Saturday, December 28, at Hannemann Funeral Home, 88 South Broadway, Nyack, NY; noon to 2 pm. Gardner was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 1, 1923, to a young midwestern lawyer, H. Glen Gardner, and the San Francisco-born Dorothy Worthington Butts. He was a World War II
medic in the ETO (El Paso, Texas; Wales; Paris). Gardner returned to Columbia University after the war, earning his BA in 1948 and his MA in English literature in 1950. His master's thesis on Charles Dickens' "Bleak House" was widely admired. Following an editorial apprenticeship on some of the livelier in-house magazines he worked as an editor for Mechanix Illustrated and Gold Medal Books, both published by Fawcett until its 1977 purchase by CBS. In 1980, he began freelancing. Gardner served many functions in Rockland County, including chairing the Nyack Housing Authority. His special devotion was to Elmwood Playhouse, where he acted, directed and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. A witty raconteur, Gardner could fill a room with laughter. Gardner met Jean, his English-born wife of 66 years, during the war. He is also survived by their three children, John (South Egremont, Mass.), Benjamin (Golden, Colo.), Corinna Barnard (New York City); and five grandsons scattered from Beijing to Chicago; David Gardner, Nathaniel Kerksick, James Barnard, Joseph Gardner and Stephen Barnard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Elmwood Playhouse, 10 Park Street, Nyack, NY 10960.