Lt General John Spencer Hardy
Lt General John Spencer Hardy passed away, surrounded by many of his loving family members, Tuesday morning, May 1st in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He would have been ninety-nine on Monday.
Born in Logansport, LA on May 7th, 1913, General Hardy served as chief of operations for the Army Air Forces in the Mediteranean during World War II. He participated in the planning for air offensives against Southern Europe, the Balkans and the Allied landings in Southern France in 1944. During his military career, he served as deputy chief for the Air Force Pacific Air Command, for the Pacific unified command, Commander of the 3rd Air Force in England and as commander, NATO Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. He later served as Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. His military decorations include both Army and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm, Royal Hellenic Order of King George I, among others.
General Hardy was a 1938 graduate of Centenary College. Following his retirement from the military in 1970, he made his home in Shreveport, Louisiana where he served on the Board of Directors of Centenary for many years and was inducted into the Centenary Hall of Fame. He was a member of numerous boards and commissions including, the United States Air Force Academy, the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Old State Capitol and the LSUS Medical School. He was honored as a Louisiana Legend in 2008 by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. He was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport.
He was married to the former Virginia Elizabeth Doyle of Shreveport in 1940 with whom he had three children. Following her death, he was married to Jean Talbot Hopkins until 1991. In 1993 he married his beloved wife Norma Ann Hendrick, of Shreveport.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Ann as well as his three children, daughter Elizabeth Hardy Courtney of Baton Rouge, husband Bob; son John S. Hardy, Jr. of Baton Rouge, wife Karen and son George Dickson Hardy of San Diego, California; grandchildren , Julia George Moore, Robin Virginia Hardy and Spencer Miles Hardy; great grandchildren, Andrew and Virgina Moore; step children Janie Hopkins, Susan Meyers, Talbot Trudeau, Dr. Robert Hendrick and Virginia Haddad.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM followed by funeral services Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Frost Chapel, First Baptist Church, Shreveport. Officiating will be Dr. Donald Webb. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Marshall St., Shreveport, LA
Published in The News Star on May 3, 2012.