Judge George Washington Hardy, Jr

Judge George Washington Hardy, Jr

Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death 15 Jul 1967 (aged 67)
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
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Obituary from the Shreveport Journal newspaper:

Appeal Court Judge, Former Mayor, Dies

Judge George W. Hardy Jr., 67, of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal died about 7 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Hospital following a brief illness.

A former mayor of Shreveport, Judge Hardy had served in his post as judge since 1943 and was in his 16th year as presiding judge of the court. He has been elected twice following his appointment by former Louisiana Gov. Sam Jones.

Judge Hardy, who resided at 7130 East Ridge Dr., was a native of Corsicana, Tex., and had resided in Shreveport since 1907. He was graduated from the old Shreveport High School in 1917 and enrolled at Virginia Military Institute. He halted his academic studies at VMI to volunteer for service in World War I, returning later to receive his B.A. degree in 1920.

He studied law for two years at Louisiana State University and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1922. He entered practice here with his father, George W. Hardy, in the firm of Hardy and Hardy.

In 1932 he was elected mayor of Shreveport and served in that office until 1934, returning to his law practice. In 1943 he was appointed judge of the Second Court of Appeals.

Judge Hardy, a member of the Kings Highway Christian Church, was a member of the Shreveport, Louisiana and American Bar Associations and was active in civic and church work in the city, as well as in Boy Scout and American Legion activities. In 1966 he was appointed to the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee of Louisiana and served as chairman of the committee.

In 1964 Judge Hardy was named an honorary member of the Order of the Coif, a national law fraternity. He authored the original draft of the "Uniform Rules of the Courts of Appeal" and for several years was president of the Conference of Judges of Louisiana. He was author of many articles published in the leading legal journals of the nation during his career and was a frequent tenderer of social commentary.

He rapped "disregard of the law by individuals or groups" in an address to the Shreveport Bar Assn. in 1964 and warned that "intemperate refusal by extremists on either side of opposed contentions to abide by the duly constituted processes of law endangers the welfare of all."

Funeral services for Judge Hardy will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Kings Highway Christian Church with Dr. Gilbert Davis Jr., pastor of the church, officiating, Burial, under the direction of the Osborn Funeral Home, will be in Forest Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shirley Friend, Dr. Ridgeway Gilmer, Edward R. Kennedy, Charlton Lyons Jr., Charles B. Peatross, William C. Peatross, Harold Quinn Jr. and Charles Ravenna.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Holbrook Hardy; two sons, John Holbrook Hardy, of Shreveport, and George W. Hardy III, Baton Rouge; one sister, Mrs. F. C. Brinkman of Shreveport, and three grandchildren.

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