Sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Pardue. He was my graduate advisor 1986-1991. I wish I could post a couple of more pictures from my time in Dr. Pardue's group. We were an eclectic collection from across the world and United States. Attached here is a staged photograph I made him take for our group board on the wall as you walk into the group space. He loved it.
When I was choosing my graduate project with him I told him I wasn't too good with computers and wasn't a big fan of math ... so, my project became "Experimental evaluation of theoretical response equations for an unsegmented flow system with a well-stirred mixing chamber" ... LOTS AND LOTS of calculus and computer programming in C. Also, with my college minor in English, he taught me my editing skills, and frequently pushed papers my way to review. Harry Pardue changed my life for the better in so many ways! So very grateful for his direction and encouragement.
We seemed to have an ongoing effort to make sure fun was also part of the important work we were doing. I remember after he told me he once pennying his professor into his office, I did the same to him one day. To penny lock a door you simply jam pennies between the door and the hinge from the outside, which prevents the door from opening from the inside. From then on he would jerk his door open if he thought he heard anyone outside. LOL.
He always gave me credit for his purchase of the Miata. I told him even after the long wait-list he could sell it for a profit right off the lot. He bought the Miata and kept it for many years!
Graduate school is so much more than research - it can be a lot of growing up too. In many ways Dr Pardue was also a father figure to all of us "kids".
Thank you, for so much, Dr. Pardue. Until we meet again.