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William Henry Gardner, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 12, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

William Henry “Nick” Gardner, Jr. passed away Sunday in Duke Hospital. He was born in Edenton, NC on November 26, 1925. Nick graduated from John A. Holmes High School, where he played several sports and was an Eagle Scout.
Nick attended NC State for one year and then transferred to Duke University’s School of Engineering where he earned his BSCE and Phi Beta Kappa in 1945. After a year of active duty in the U.S. Navy 35th Construction Battalion Sea Bees, he returned to Duke Engineering School as an instructor of civil engineering. He then earned a Masters degree in civil engineering at Yale University in 1948. Nick returned to Duke as an Associate Professor of civil and environmental engineering. He left Duke in 1963 to form an engineering consulting firm in Durham which eventually became Gardner & McDaniel, P.A.
Nick’s career spanned over 50 years. He served as the engineer-of-record on over 1300 building projects totaling $1.5 billion for many of North Carolina’s universities, school systems, corporations, military bases, and medical facilities. At Duke, he led the engineering design work for the Bryan University Center, the Nello Teer Engineering Library Building, the Duke Center for Living and numerous buildings at Duke Medical Center. Nick was instrumental in the creation of the NC building code in the 1960’s and served as Chairman of the NC Building Code Council for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Louise Powe Gardner; his children, Mark Gardner and wife, Dona Reed of Friday Harbor, WA, Alston Gardner and wife, Barbara Lee of Aspen, CO and Lucy Gardner Stokes and her husband, Bill of Durham; his grandchildren, Megan and Ben Gardner, Emma and Anna Gardner, Amy Ward, and Will and Emily Stokes.
Funeral services will be 4:00 PM Thursday from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Robert Kaynor officiating. Private cremation will follow the funeral. Friends may visit 6-8 PM Wednesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Donations in Nick’s memory may be made to: the W. H. Gardner, Jr. Society of Engineering Fellows, c/o Pratt School of Engineering, Box 90271, Durham, NC 27708. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “William Henry Gardner, Jr.”

Condolence from Anna on September 13th, 2010 12:00 am

I am going to miss my Pops. He could always make me laugh

Condolence from Chasie Harris on September 13th, 2010 12:00 am

Lucy – I am thinking about you all. You have been a good daughter and I know you were a tremendous help during your Dad’s illness. Wish I could be there at the service, but am in the Mts. Loved seeing your Daughter at Rick’s just the other night. Chasie

Condolence from Dayne Harrison on September 13th, 2010 12:00 am

I was blessed to have known Mr. Nick. Though I only knew him a short time, he always made me laugh. He spoke often of his childhood home in Edenton and he was proud of those roots. He also said many times how very proud he was of his wife, who was a “real good woman” and his children who “turned out alright and became good citizens”. He’ll be missed.

Condolence from Mark Kilpatrick on September 14th, 2010 12:00 am

Our hearts pour out with deepest sympathy for Nick’s family during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Bill Happer on September 15th, 2010 12:00 am

Mrs. Gardner,Lucy,Mark and Alston

Just know the Happer Families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the pleasure of visiting with your Dad over the last 30 days. We had some nice conversations about fishing at the coast with my father. I remember going to Friday lunches with them from time to time at Bullocks. Your Dad was a fine person and friend. He will be truely missed but the fine memories live on with all.

Take care.

Bill Happer

Condolence from Pat Barrett Cobb on September 16th, 2010 12:00 am

Lucy,Bill,Will and Emily: I send my most deepest sympathy to all of you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I truly know what a sad time this is for you and your family. Please know I send my love to you all! God Bless! Love, Pat

Condolence from Bruce on September 27th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Lucy and Bill,
I was sad to hear today about your
Father, I know that you were very proud of him, and, following in his footsteps. I miss you and will visit soon. Love, Bruce Johns

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