Doctor E. Claude Gardner, 13th president of Freed-Hardeman university, died Sunday afternoon. He would have been 93 on January 16th.
Gardner lived and worked in Henderson since 1949 when he joined the Freed Hardeman faculty as chairman of the Department of Education and Psychology and as a bible teacher.
He later became the registrar, dean, vice president, president, chancellor and president emeritus. He retired as chancellor in 1992.
During Gardner's tenure as president, the college went from junior college to university status and began offering master’s degrees.
He was always known for having a strong personal touch
"One thing I always remember about him is that he would send those personal notes that you would get in the mail. He would always write by hand notes that would say congratulations for something that may have happened in your family. You'd get a note saying he read it in the paper or that he had heard about it and wanted to congratulate you" said Henderson Mayor Bobby King.
Visitation is tonight until 9 at the Henderson Church of Christ and again Saturday, 11 A.M.-1 PM. In Lloyd auditorium.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 P.M. In Lloyd auditorium on the FHUcampus.
Memorials may be made to the E.
Claude and Delorese Gardner scholarship at f-h-u