Robert M. Hardy was
born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1906. He graduated in
from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. degree as the gold medallist in
He went on to obtain
his M.Sc. degree from McGill University and did graduate work at the
University of Michigan and Harvard University.
Dr. Hardy joined the
Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta in September,
and was appointed Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of
the Faculty in
He retired from the
to devote his time to his consulting practice. He was re-appointed Dean of
a position he held until
when he again retired to private practice.
He was co-founder of
R.M. Hardy and Associates Ltd. in
the forerunner of Hardy Associates, a major nationwide engineering firm.
Dr. Hardy received
his commission as a Dominion Land Surveyor in March
In May of the same
year he qualified as an Alberta Land Surveyor.
He was commissioned
as an SLS in March
(#87). He withdrew from the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors' Association in
and renewed his registration in
Dr. Hardy held many
public and professional offices, including serving as president of the
Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta in
president of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers in
and president of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association in
He received numerous
prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada, and he was also awarded
honorary doctorate degrees from three Canadian universities.
Dr. Hardy pioneered
the development of building houses, roadways and railways on permafrost, and
helped plan the Alaska Highway, Arctic Railway, MacKenzie Valley Pipeline,
initial development of the oil sands in Northern Alberta, and the West Coast
Transmission gas pipeline in British Columbia.
Dr. Hardy was
survived by his wife, Frances, and three sons: Stephen of Vancouver, Tony of
Victoria, and Alex of Edmonton.
Kevin B. Beatty,