Deceased November 8, 2016
“Buzz” Hardy died Nov. 8, 2016.
Buzz and Joanie Hardy welcomed us to Tucson with open arms when we moved there as snow birds fleeing Aspen winters. Then for many years we enjoyed their hospitality and many of their Wisconsin friends.
After attending Deerfield, Buzz became a prominent member of the class as president of Psi Upsilon and a member of Sphinx. Buzz was a great class agent and never allowed a penny to drop through the cracks when he was collecting funds for Amherst.
Following graduation from Northwestern Business School, he became an officer in the Navy during the Korean War. He and Joanie were married at Pearl Harbor; John Priesing ’50, also there in the Navy, attended the wedding.
After the Navy, Buzz had a distinguished career as a fourth-generation Waukesha, Wis., resident. He ran the family abstract, real estate and insurance business. He became an environmentally conscious real estate developer, creating subdivisions and commercial sites.
He founded the Wisconsin chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was a lifetime trustee of Carroll College, a board member of the Waukesha Memorial Hospital and past chair of the Waukesha United Way, while Joanie served on the board. He was also a board member of the Ice Age Trail and a fundraiser for Three Chimneys Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood, United Community Center, the Land Conservancy and the Democratic Party.
Buzz left his mark on his community, classmates and friends, and we miss him.
His son, Jim, and a daughter, Anne, as well as his sister, Sally Eager, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Joanie.
Lloyd Schermer ’50