B. Carmon Hardy, professor emeritus of history and an awarded teacher and mentor, died Dec. 21 at his home in Fullerton. He was 81.
The recipient of a Meritorious Performance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988 and the 2002 History Student’s Association Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Students, Hardy joined the campus in 1966 as an assistant professor of history, moved up the ranks to professor and served as department chair until 1998. He continued to serve the campus, teaching part-time until 2016.
Hardy co-authored a textbook on world history and published six additional books on history and other topics, including Mormon polygamy. His research, papers and presentations focused on the United States Constitution, the Third Amendment, equality and Mormonism.
The historian received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 1957 and a master’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1959. As a teaching fellow, he continued his graduate work at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1963.
Hardy is survived by his wife, Kamillia; his children, Melody Robertson, Cristine, David, Ameilia Marasciullo and Robin; his brother, Jerry; sister, Karma; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends and colleagues are invited to join family at a 10 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Fullerton Marriott, 2701 Nutwood Ave.