William Asbury Harshbarger

William Asbury Harshbarger

Birth
Brandonville, Preston County, West Virginia, USA
Death 17 Jul 1942 (aged 79)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section VIII, lot 561, grave 2
Memorial ID 76116869 · View Source
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From WHO'S WHO IN TOPEKA--1905

Harshbarger, Wm. A.--Prof. of mathematics, Washburn Coll.; born Sept. 1, 1862, Brandonville, Va.; son of Abner G. and Eleanor J. (Guthrie) Harshbarger; student in Univ. of W. Va. 1881-82; Oberlin Coll., 1883-84; graduated Washburn Coll. B. S. '93; married Lucy Platt, Franklin Neb., June, 1888; prof of math and natural science, Franklin Acad., 1884 to 1890; instructor in math, Washburn, 1898--; member of the Kansas Academy of Science. Res.: 1342 Mulvane.
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Topeka State Journal, Friday, July 17, 1943, page 1:
Harshbarger, Fifty Years at Washburn, Dies

Mathematics-Science Professor on Faculty From 1890 to 1940
Prof. William Asbury Harshbarger, for 50 years professor of mathematics of Washburn college and since June, 1940, professor emeritus, died at his home, 1401 College, early Friday morning. He had been ill with a circulatory trouble for several years.

One of the most widely known members of the Washburn faculty for the last half century, Professor Harshbarger , who was nearly 80 at the time of his death, not only held many offices of the sciences over the nation but with his hobby in plant breeding and experimenting became an intimate friend of Luther Burbank.

Professor Harshbarger's interest and his findings along these lines resulted in many of the unusual plantings found today on the Washburn university campus.

He was born in Brandonville, W. Va., September 1, 1862, the son of Abner Gaines and Eleanor Jane (Guthrie) Harshbarger. He attended West Virginia university, Oberlin college, and received his degree of bachelor of science from Washburn in 1893 and his doctor of science in 1919. He studies at Chicago university in 1895. In June, 1940, he was given the honorary degree of doctor of science by Washburn.

Professor Harshbarger was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical society and at one time was vice president of the Mathematical Association of America. He was a former president of the Kansas Mathematical society and the Kansas Academy of Science and was an officer for many years of the Kansas Horticultural society and the American Rose society, as well as the American Genetic association.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to both Scottish and York rite bodies, and Arab temple, a member of the Central Congregational church, the Fortnightly club and the Saturday Night club,

Professor Harshbarger is survived by Mrs. Harshbarger, to whom he was married June 22, 1883. Her name was Lucy Stratton Platt, of Franklin, Neb.; by three sons, Eugene Lee, Frank Victor and Ray Stratton. There was another son, Ralph Platt, who died.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed Friday.



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  • Created by: Cheryl White
  • Added: 6 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76116869
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Asbury Harshbarger (1 Sep 1862–17 Jul 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76116869, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl White (contributor 47328595) .