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Dr. Thomas Paul Gardner

1940 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Dr. Thomas Paul Gardner

Hernando, MS

Dr. Thomas Paul Gardner of Hernando, MS, passed away at the age of 78 on September 11, 2018 in Jackson, Tennessee. He was born June 25, 1940 in Sanford, Maine to the late Laurent P Gardner and Muriel Merrifield Gardner. Dr. Gardner was a 1958 graduate of Sanford High School and furthered his education at The University of Maine (BA), Auburn University (M. Ed), and The University of Alabama, where he received his Doctorate Degree.

Dr. Gardner was a long time faculty member of the U.T. Center for the Health Sciences and Chief of Special Education at the U.T. Child Development Center. He also served as a Special Education faculty member at Memphis State University, and later worked with the Department of Education in Nashville, TN. Throughout his career, he remained active with programs serving children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Gardner is survived by his daughter, Jane E Gardner of Memphis, TN, his two sons, Peter T Gardner, MD (Fiancé, Misty Allen, MD, and her sons, Trey and Keaton Allen) of Jackson, TN, and William L Gardner (Megan) of Seattle, WA and his beloved grandchildren, Isabella J Gardner of Memphis, TN and Thomas M Gardner of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by his two brothers, David. L Gardner (Jean) of Sanford, ME., and Theodore L Gardner (Joyce) of Saco, Maine along with many special nieces, nephews and friends.

Dr. Gardner enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, long road trips and S.E.C. football.

At the request of the deceased, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. At a later date, Dr. Gardner's remains will be buried in the family plot at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford, Maine.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 16, 2018
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