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Deborah W. Hardy - 1996 - Outstanding Former Faculty
Deborah W. Hardy's hard work, energy and good will earned her high marks as chair of the Department of History from 1980 to 1986.
Hardy moved to Laramie in the 1950s, after earning a Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley. While raising three children, she worked at a variety of jobs, from script writing television shows, to teaching Russian, to working as a translator, editor, University of Wyoming news editor and a legal secretary. After her husband was disabled with cancer, she returned to college to earn a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and then was hired to teach at the University of Wyoming. As an authority on nineteenth century Russian radicalism, Hardy authored numerous articles and reviews. as well as published three books in her field. In 1991, she was the recipient of the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award.
While she was department chair, Hardy managed to find time to author Wyoming University: The First Hundred Years. Hardy retired from the Department of History in 1993 after 26 years.