Donald L. Hardison
March 23, 1916
September 17, 2012
Prominent Bay Area architect Donald Hardison, 96, passed away at home in El Cerrito on Sept. 17, 2012. Born in Fillmore, CA, graduated from Cal Berkeley School of Architecture '38; served during WWII as naval architect at Mare Island and Richmond's Kaiser Shipyards. Founded Hardison & Komatsu Architects of Richmond and San Francisco that continues today as HKIT Architects, Oakland. Noted for designing schools, churches and multi-family, student, and senior housing throughout Bay Area and California. Noteworthy projects were Easter Hill Village in Richmond, CA and UC Berkeley Student Union Complex including Zellerbach Hall. Served in many roles for American Institute of Architects (AIA), including AIA College of Fellows Chancellor. After 1987 retirement, worked to restore SS Red Oak Victory ship in Richmond. Remained active in Richmond Art Center, Richmond Rotary, Cal Alumni, and Richmond Museum of History. Survived by wife Betty of 70 years; son Steve Hardison and wife Lois; daughter Jan Brown and husband Byron; brother Jim Hardison; grandchildren Chaitra Hardison, Matthew Brown, Jennifer Finigan.
Celebration service: First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Channing at Dana, Oct. 12, 2pm. Donations: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond 94804 or SS Red Oak Victory, PO Box 1267, Richmond 94802 or charity of choice
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2012.