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Richard Hardyman Ph.D.


1943 - 2014
Richard Hardyman Ph.D. Obituary
Richard "Dick" Hardyman, Ph.D.

On March 24, 2014 the world lost an incredible person. Richard F. Hardyman lived most of his childhood in Storm Lake, Iowa, and then went on to pursue his degrees in geology. He obtained his B.S. from the UW, his M.S from the UMN and his Ph.D. from the UNR. He taught for several years at BSU where he was fondly referred to as "Herr Doctor Professor". He left when he was recruited by the USGS where he spent 18 years as a field geologist. Over his career, he worked in many foreign countries as well as much of Nevada and is respected for being a true artist as a mapper, applying his formidable skill to "figure out the puzzle". Dick was a talented geologist and a fierce friend. He was infamous for protracted stories and, as he often said, having no wit. He is survived by his mother; Doris Gutz, and sisters; Dorothy Mitchell and Cindy Fischer, by his three children; Jessica Corddry (Tim), Kate Woodbury (Chris) and William Hardyman, grandchildren; Jack, Ted, Jacob, Andrew, Hudson, and Kai. He is also survived by the mother of their children, Cynthia Hardyman, and his current wife, Brenda Hardyman, and their beloved pets. There will never be another person such as Hardyman. He was a truly unique individual and his absence is keenly felt by those who knew and loved him. At his request, there will be no memorial service, but those who wish to may make a donation to the Humane Society or to the UMN, Dept of Earth Sciences. We wish him a good journey on this, his final "grand adventure".



Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 13, 2014
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