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Professor Bruce A. Harding

Professor Bruce A. Harding, 66, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at home with family. He was born March 8, 1947, to Marion U. and Edgar Albert Harding in Buffalo, New York, but spent his childhood in Jeffersonville, Indiana where he was active in Boy Scouts, golfing and camping. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and had an active Boy Scout membership at the time of his passing. He began attending Purdue University football games at the age of five years with his grandfather and uncle, both Purdue graduates. He worked at his Father's pharmacies part-time until he was 23.

In 1968 he married Martha Jane Holmes. They lived in West Lafayette until 1974 when Bruce accepted a position at Rapphannock Community College in Virginia. In 1975 he became a father to Seth, which he felt was his greatest achievement. He dearly loved his daughter-in-law and found friendships in all age groups through his work and his son. As an only child, family and friends were most important to him, which drew him to his wife's family where he found the brothers he desired. He considered his Mother-in-law as his own Mother, and spent the last sixteen years caring for her in many ways, asking her to accompany him to activities both in the US and Canada on several occasions.

Bruce graduated from Purdue University and attended Indiana University Southeast, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. He worked at Purdue University and Westinghouse Laboratories in West Lafayette during graduate school, was an administrator at Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw, Virginia, where he also taught photography, then returned to Purdue University for the last 32 years of his career. He welcomed the opportunity to work for three years in the late 1990's at the New Albany Statewide Technology site.

He was Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology in the College of Technology and CoT Coordinator of Professional Practice. He was actively involved in consulting, teaching and developing engineering standards holding leadership positions in standards development for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American National Standard Institute, and the International Organization for Standardization. Among other activities, he served as member and Chair of numerous Y 14 subcommittees, as Chair of the Board on Standardization and Testing from 2010 to 2013, Chair of US Tag to ISO TC10 on Technical Product Documentation since 1999, Chair of ISO TC10, and ASME Vice President Standardization and Testing, 2010-2013. His work with these groups brought him much satisfaction and many valued friendships. He was active in the Society for Manufacturing Engineers for over 18 years.

Bruce's personal interests over the years involved archery, woodworking, photography, canoeing, camping, fishing, golf and family.

He was a past President and member of Warsaw Rotary Club, Warsaw, Virginia, and a member of Rotary Club of Lafayette, Indiana. In Virginia he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and the former Junior Miss Program as well as operating his own business, Potomac Media.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Harding, son, Seth Harding (Theresa), and brother-in-law Douglass Holmes (Susan). He was predeceased by his parents, mother-in-law, Jane Bottorff, and his brother-in-law, Craig Holmes.

The family is grateful to Douglass, Sarah, Shawn and Juliette who were with him at his passing and to Deb and Debbie for all their support.

Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Funeral service 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 435 Limestone St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2014
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