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Robert J. Hardy ’56

Born in Port Angeles, Washington, Robert earned his BA in physics, writing his thesis on equilibrium distributions with Prof. Jean Delord [physics 1950–88]. He married Bonnie Rae Reinhardt in 1970 and they had a daughter. He was a member of the physics department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1967 to 2006, committed to his students and to the art of teaching. Robert published a textbook, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, and enjoyed the Pacific Northwest, steam trains, classic cars, wooden boats, and history—from Rome to World War II. His wife, Bonnie, daughter, Elizabeth, and brother, Gordon, survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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