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William and Vesta Hardman Show Their Gratitude on Many Levels

William HardmanWilliam Hardman 52Ox 54C 65MR has strong ties to Emory. To show their support, William and his wife, Vesta Hardman, help fund clinical trials at Emory and scholarships at Oxford College through a charitable trust. Retired after nearly 40 years of medical practice, he appreciates the education he received at Oxford College and Emory University. He graduated from Oxford in 1952 and Emory in 1954, returning to Emory for his residency training after medical school.

"I was a farm boy from a very small high school. Oxford and Emory opened up a new world for me," says Hardman, who was recruited to Oxford College while plowing his family's fields in Commerce, Georgia.

"It was late May and I was plowing the garden with my horse. A guy pulled up beside the road in a coat and tie and walked across the plowed field. He was looking for William Hardman and I said that was me. He said if I came to Oxford and made good grades, I would get into medical school. That sounded good to me." Hardman's visitor was E. Walton Strozier, an Oxford graduate who served on the faculty as a social studies professor for 36 years.

Hardman and his family visited the Oxford campus, and he enrolled in the fall of 1950.

"Oxford is a special place. It was small, so after the first three months you knew everyone. You were not lost in a mass of humanity," he says. "The experiences I had there were life-changing and lifelong. I still am very close with many friends who went to Oxford."

Hardman said his time on the main Emory campus prepared him well to enter the medical field. "Those years were impressive to me in planning my life as a physician, and they opened that path to me," he says.

He is also thankful that advances in research and patient care allowed his wife, Vesta, to recover from ovarian cancer and remain cancer-free for 30 years.

In gratitude, the Hardmans support clinical trials at Emory and scholarships at Oxford College through a charitable trust.

"We felt that if we had the opportunity to help young men and women who are on their way to a career in medicine, we should do what we can to give them that help," Hardman says.

To learn how you can help future students pursue their dreams at Emory and Oxford, please contact Emory Office of Gift Planning at 404.727.8875 or giftplanning@emory.edu.

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