Condolences to family of Dr. Billy Hardman

Dr. Billy Starr Hardman, a well-known physician who was instrumental in building the nursing school at Brenau and the medical community in Gainesville, died Monday at 98.

Hardman was born July 13, 1920 at the old Downey Hospital in downtown Gainesville. He graduated from the University Of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, now known as the Medical College of Georgia. After medical school graduation, with World War II underway, Hardman joined the United States Army and served his country as a physician in military hospitals from Florida to California.

After the war, Hardman received a fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1948 he returned to Gainesville to open his medical practice at the age of 28. Hardman became the 13th doctor in Gainesville.

He was instrumental in lobbying for a new hospital in Gainesville, serving as chief of staff for Northeast Georgia Medical Center in the 1950s.  He would later help found the Hall County School of Nursing, which became our Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel.

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