Retired Vanderbilt professor, Paul Hardacre, passes away

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Paul Hoswell Hardacre, a retired Vanderbilt University professor noted for his expertise on the Stuart period of English history, died on April 10 in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 94. The professor of history, emeritus, taught at Vanderbilt for 34 years.

“Paul Hardacre served Vanderbilt long and ably as a teacher, scholar and participant in numerous councils of the university,” V. Jacque Voegeli, dean of the College of Arts and Science, emeritus, and professor of history, emeritus, said. “He chaired the Department of History from 1967-1970, a period of rapid growth. In all that he did, Paul displayed sound sense of purpose, conscientiousness, good judgment and fairness.”...

Hardacre taught and wrote extensively about 17th century British history. His published works included The Royalists during the Puritan Revolution and “Writings on Oliver Cromwell since 1929” in Changing Views on British History (Harvard University Press). He also focused on the life of Edward Hyde, the first Earl of Clarendon. Hardacre researched the large collection of Clarendon Papers in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to explain various aspects of his policies from 1640 to his fall from power in 1667.

Hardacre was a Fulbright Scholar (United Kingdom) and a Guggenheim Fellow in British history. Among the many university committees on which he served, he chaired the Committee for the Installation of Chancellor Heard. Hardacre received the Thomas Jefferson Award for distinguished service to the university and the Ernest A. Jones Award for dedication to advising undergraduates.

His professional memberships included the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association and the Conference on British Studies. Hardacre had a longtime interest in the Huntington Library, a private educational, cultural and research center with rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature, located in San Marino, Calif. He first registered as a reader at the Huntington (where he met his future bride) in 1939 and served on the advisory board (now editorial board) of the Huntington Library Quarterly from 1960 to 1986....
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