Half of a husband/wife doctor team, Dr. William Nelson Hardman was born in Hamilton, Ontario on the 26th of March, 1906 to William and Georgina Hardman. He was educated in the Hamilton and Grimsby Public School system. Dr. Hardman went to Medical School at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.D. in 1931. He interned at the Hamilton General Hospital from 1931 to 1932.
It was at The University of Toronto, where Dr. Hardman met his future wife, Dr. Anna Bella Beattie. They were medical students together and were married in 1932. They set up a medical practice in Chatham and were prominent physicians in the city from 1932 to 1943. In 1935, Dr.Hardman’s office was located at 219 King Street West in Chatham. Dr. Hardman was elected to the Chatham Board of Education in 1938 and served as the Vice Chairman. Dr. Hardman was a member of the Kent Club and the Victory A.F. and A.M. Lodge. Dr. Hardman was Chief of Staff at the Public General Hospital from 1940 to 1942. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. William and Dr. Anna Hardman’s office was located at 42 Sixth Street.
Dr. William Hardman enlisted in the Navy on the 12th of June, 1942. At the time of his enlistment he resided at 106 William Street North in Chatham. He served in the R.C.N.V.R. from 1942-1943 holding the rank of Surgeon-Lieutenant.
In 1943 the couple packed up and moved to Rochester, Minnesota. From 1943 to 1946, Dr. Hardman had a fellowship in anesthesiology at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1946 Dr. Hardman obtained a Masters of Sc. from the University of Minnesota. The following year, Dr. Hardman became board certified in anesthesia by the Canadian College. In 1948 he became a diplomat of the American Board of anesthesiology. It should be noted here that Dr. Anna Hardman also held a fellowship in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.
From 1946-1948 Dr. William Hardman was Professor of Anesthesia at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. During this period of time, he was also Chief of Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Hardman’s practice is listed in the 1948 Omaha Nebraska City Directory. It lists his address as 1016 S. 38th Street.
Dr. Hardman was a 32nd degree Mason. His hobbies included bowling, golf and bridge. Dr. William and Dr. Anna Hardman had 3 children, a daughter Jane Anna and two sons, William and Nathaniel.
A brilliant career was cut short with the death of Dr. Hardman on May 28th, 1952 at the age of 46. Dr. Hardman was buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Guelph, Ontario. Mrs. Hardman died in London in 1997 and she is also buried in Guelph.
*Dr. Anna Bella (Beattie) Hardman is also featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.