Half of a husband/wife doctor team, Dr. Anna Bella Hardman was born on April 25th, 1906 in Guelph, Ontario. Her parents were Walter Hammond Beattie and the former Tena Thatcher. According to her parents 1905 marriage record, Mr. Beattie lived with his parents in Ridgetown and Tena Thatcher lived with her parents in Ridgetown. According to the 1901 census, Mr. Beattie’s father was a hardware merchant and his son Walter was a drug clerk. Dr. Hardman had a younger brother Bruce Thatcher Beattie and 2 younger sisters Mary and Martha.
Dr. Anna Hardman was raised in Guelph. According to the 1921 census, the Beattie family lived at 67 London Road in Guelph. Dr. Hardman graduated from Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute in 1926. She attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine where she met her future husband, Dr. William Nelson Hardman.
Dr. Anna Hardman graduated M.D. in 1931 and received her B.SC. (Bacteriology) in 1932. That same year she married Dr. William Hardman. Dr. William Nelson Hardman was born in Hamilton, Ontario on the 26th of March, 1906 to William and Georgina Hardman. Dr. William Hardman and Dr. Anna Hardman had 3 children together. A daughter Jane Anna and two sons, William and Nathaniel.
Dr. Hardman joined her husband in general practice in Chatham, Ontario between 1932-1943. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Anna and Dr. William Hardman’s office was located at 42 Sixth Street.
Dr. Hardman moved to Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, in 1943. She held a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic from 1944 to 1946.
Dr. William Hardman pursued a teaching career at Creighton University and became Chief of Anesthesiology at St Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. They moved to London, Ontario in 1948, when Dr. William Hardman became a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. William Hardman died on the 28th of May, 1952. He was buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Guelph, Ontario. Dr. Anna Hardman continued to practice as an aestheticist in London, following her husband’s death. Dr. Hardman was an avid bridge player, but stated that her hobbies were, “ my work, my children and my grandchildren”.
Dr. Anna Bella Hardman died in 1997 and she was also buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Guelph, Ontario.
*Her husband Dr. William Nelson Harder is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.