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In Memoriam: December 2008

Published: December 1, 2008

Leroy C. Hardy, 81, of Long Beach, passed away on Nov. 2, of natural causes. Born in Welch, Okla. on March 29, 1927 and raised in Lynwood, he went on after high school to serve in the United States Navy for several years. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from UCLA.

Hardy taught political science for many years at CSULB, and many more working for the state of California on reapportionment, being considered an expert on gerrymandering. After his retirement from the university, he continued to teach classes for the Senior University (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), where he led classes focusing on current topics related to government and politics. He is survived by sister, Ramona, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.