Harvey Boland Hardy - 1990
Harvey Boland Hardy was born on November
27, 1922 in Thomaston, Georgia. He graduated in 1938 from Thomaston’s Robert E.
Lee High School, where he played football and basketball and earned straight
“A’s” in the classroom.
During his next two years, Harvey
attended Marion Military Institute (MMI). While at Marion he played guard in
offense, linebacker on defense and also was the team’s field goal and extra
point specialist. In addition, Harvey was Cadet Captain and Commander (ROTC) of
Band Company and a member of the Glee Club, the Monogram Club, the Miana Club,
the Orchestra, and the Officers’ Club. He was selected as the valedictorian of
his junior college class and graduated with and Associate-in –Science Degree in
After leaving Marion, Harvey walked on at
Georgia Tech. While at Tech, Harvey lettered as a 5’11”, 185 pound offensive
guard and linebacker in both 1941 and 1942. Harvey, playing nearly 60 minutes
in every game, was a key reason Tech posted a record of 9 and 1 in 1942. Harvey
also played in the January 1, 1943 Cotton Bowl and was later named to the
All-Time Cotton Bowl Team. One of Harvey’s most cherished honors was when he
was named to the Tech’s Coach William A. Alexander Era (1920-1944) Team, a team
composed of only eleven players.
As a result of his outstanding senior
year, 1942, Harvey was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference Team and was
named All-American by the United Press, NEA, New York Sun, International News
Service, Newsweek (which selected Harvey on their Super All-American Team), New
York Herald Tribune, and New York Journal-American.
Harvey received the Rhodes
Athletic/Scholastic for Senior Athletes, and in 1943 he graduated with his B.S.
in Aeronautical Engineering. The same year, he was drafted by the New York
Giants and the Brooklyn Tigers. In 1968 Harvey was inducted into the Georgia
Tech Hall of Fame.
During World War II, he served in the
Navy as a Naval Aviator and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Along with full time
flying, he played football for both Pensacola and Jacksonville Naval Air
From 1953 until his retirement in 1985,
Harvey was employed by the Georgia Iron Works Company as sales engineer and
Harvey also had an illustrious career as
a member of the Southeastern Conference Football Officials Association
(1957-81). Only the best officials are selected to officiate in bowl games and
Hardy worked 23 bowls: three Cotton, three Tangerine, two Sugar, two Peach, two
Gator, two Bluebonnet, two Citrus, two Missile, one All-American, one Orange,
one Fiesta, one Sun, and one Liberty.
His community activities include senior
warden at All Saints Episcopal Church, past president of Florida Section
American Institute of Mining Metallurgical and Petroleum, a member of the Board
of Directors of the Boys’ Club at Lakeland, a member of the Lakeland Yacht and
Country Club, PTA president, and past president of Ridge Chapter Naval Reserve
Harvey and his wife, Alice Storm, are the
parents of four children and the grandparents of seven. They reside in