David H.S. Hardin, age 82, of Danville, Va., passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born on April 7, 1937, in Providence, R.I. to Helen S. and George C. Hardin and spent most of his childhood with his parents and sister, Sarah, in Lansdowne, Pa. He and his family were active members of the Quaker Lansdowne Friends Meeting. In 1955 he graduated from Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. and continued his education with a bachelor degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where he met his beloved, Mary Ruth Shropshire. They married in 1960 in her hometown of Ridgeway, Va. He began teaching math at George Washington High School in Danville while he completed his masters in physics and mathematics from Duke University. A math teacher at GWHS from 1960 1995, he had a rare combination of inspiration, passion, warmth and a reservoir of knowledge that he loved to share with all students who stepped into his classroom. He became known as Abe Lincoln in the hallways and classrooms of GWHS and beyond after growing a beard during a summer cross-country camping trip in 1972. Two decades have passed since he stood in a classroom, though he continued to share his passion for making sense out of equations, inequalities and functions with private tutoring until the day before he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. In addition to his dedication to students in his classroom, he was the voice of the GW Eagles football team at all home games for 25 years. He was an avid fan of the school team and often traveled to away games to support them. Another passion of his was his involvement in the Melville Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher, choir member, chair of the finance committee and Deacon for many decades. He loved travel and the outdoors. Beginning in the late 1950's, he was a camp leader for the Wilderness Travel Camp and continued camping until 1999 across the United States, Canada and Mexico with his wife, children and grandchildren. He spent time in all 50 states and in some two dozen countries on six continents until August 2019. While his family is well dispersed, he cherished even more the large family reunions every few years at various locations in America and Europe. He delighted in sharing events with his family and watching his children, their spouses and grandchildren enjoy family togetherness. He was predeceased by his parents and sister. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ruth Hardin of the residence; his children, Ken Hardin (wife, Carol) of Fremont, Calif., Tom Hardin (wife, Allison) of Columbia, S.C., Lisa Tschan-Hardin (husband, Thomas) of Cham, Switzerland; seven grandchildren, Blake, Mason, Sarah, Henry, Maggie, Nicole, Patrick; and two great-grandchildren, Ashton, Zoe; in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebratory memorial service will be held at Melville Avenue Baptist Church on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall. For those who wish to make a memorial donation in Dave's name, please consider: Melville Avenue Baptist Church, Danville Life Saving Crew, Danville Cancer Association or a charity of your choice. What he treasured most in life was his family, friends, church community and students. Above all, he valued the relationships he had with every person who was a part of his life.

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