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Hardy L. Winburn ’55

Published in Feb. 10, 1999, issue

Hardy Winburn died Aug. 7, 1997, while awaiting a lung transplant. Hardy came to Princeton from Phillips Exeter after first graduating from Little Rock Central H.S. At Princeton he roomed with Dick Manz and Marsh Hemphill and joined Dial Lodge. He played 150-lb. football and lacrosse and majored in civil engineering.

After Army service, Hardy joined the Arkansas Highway Dept. He helped design the Port of Little Rock and served on its Port Authority for 25 years. In 1960 he joined Winburn Tile Co., becoming president and CEO in 1969. He built the company into the second-largest manufacturer of ceramic mosaic tile in the U.S.

Hardy was a director of the Worthen Bank and Trust Co. and a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. He loved golf, sailing, and fishing. He was president of Friends of the Little Red River in Colorado and was probably the best fly fisherman in the class.

Hardy married Carolyn Becker in 1956. He was the nicest man you could know, full of fun, and had nothing but kindness and friendship for everyone. He was a model of honesty and honor. We will miss him greatly, as will Carolyn, his children Hardy, Russell, Jack, and Mary, and his six grandchildren, to whom the class extends its deep sympathy.

The Class of 1955

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