Brian Eric Hardy was a University of Otago Medical School graduate in 1964. He completed his surgical training in Dunedin, spending considerable time in immunological research with Dr. Barbara Heslop. He subsequently did a urological fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles and a further fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Boston’s Children’s Hospital. His first academic appointment was at the University of Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital.
He then had a pioneering 30 year career as the Chief of the division of Pediatric Urology at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital where he built a division from nothing to one of the leadership pediatric urological programs in the United States. Much of his contributions were not well known in New Zealand but he remained firmly committed to his country and his educational heritage.
The Brian E Hardy Memorial Fund would be lodged as an endowment with the University of Otago.
We currently have commitments that approximate NZ$100,000.
A onetime endowment of $100,000 would be directed to support an annual prize of $5000, to be awarded to the OU Medical School Graduate who distinguishes him or herself in pediatrics or surgery.
An endowment of $150,000 would provide support for an annual or bi-annual visiting distinguished lecturer in the fields of pediatrics, urology or surgery.
An endowment of $300,000 would be directed as a scholarship to support 50% of annual tuition for the years 2-5 within the medical school (tuition currently $13,500 pa). This would be awarded every two years, or more frequently if the endowment allows. Preference would be given to a deserving student from Hawke’s Bay who would be unable to attend the University without such support. Preference would be given to the highest grades in the first year Health Science program: there would be no racial or ethnic preference and while academic potential for excellence would be the primary prerequisite, consideration would be given to students with a strong sporting background.