Dr Hugh Gardner was born and lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, until 1939 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served overseas during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. While stationed in England, he married his wife Jean. After the war, he continued his education at UBC, earning the degrees of BSA (Major in Soil Science) in 1950 and an MSc in 1959. Further graduate work in Soil Science at Oregon State University led to the award of a PhD in 1960.
Dr Gardner joined the Department of Agronomy as an Assistant Professor in 1961, where he taught courses and conducted research on Soil Science. He remained at UBC until 1966, when he joined the faculty of the Department of Soil Science at Oregon State University and remained there until 1985 when he retired.
Dr Gardner was responsible for the operation of the Soil Testing Laboratory at OSU and promoted soil testing in the extension programs. Much of his research furthered the use of soil testing. One example is the adaptation of the SMP Buffer for estimation of lime application rate for western Oregon. Several of his projects dealt with lime, including the establishment of long-term plots to measure the reacidification of soil after lime application. Other research areas were dryland cereal production and forage production in the high rainfall areas of the Pacific Northwest. His professional activities included membership of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America and the Crop Science Society of America.
Dr Gardner was a volunteer with Gorge Hospital in Victoria, BC, and with the Heart to Heart organization at Jubilee Hospital, Victoria.
Dr Gardner passed away, aged 80, in 2000 at his home in Sidney, BC, where his wife Jean still resides.
R Blair and C R Nichols, 2003; adapted from an obituary in CSA News 2001.