Marjorie Hyer Gardner, 67, died April 19, 1991 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
She was born April 25, 1923 in Logan, Utah, a daughter of Saul E. and Gladys Christensen Hyer. Her extensive education began in the Lewiston Grade School. She graduated from North Cache High School in 1941. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Political Science in 1947. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Science Education and Chemistry from Ohio State University in 1958 and an additional Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Utah State University in 1975.At the time of her death, Dr. Gardner was a Senior Research Associate at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley and Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Utah State University, Logan. She was also publisher of Vistas, Inc. and in the process of revising the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chemistry, a high school chemistry course. Her teaching career began at North Cache High School, Las Vegas, Nevada and East High School, Columbus, Ohio. She was an instructor in chemistry and science education at Ohio State University, a professor of Chemistry at the University of Maryland. Her international teaching began as a Visiting Fulbright Professor, Macquairie University and Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia. She was also a Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The great love of Dr. Gardner's life was developing new teaching material and methods for science education and helping to implement them in many areas of the world. In that capacity, she was a Consultant-lecturer at Banglore University and Vikram University in India. A UNESCO consultant to the Government of Thailand, Bangkok, and to the Ministries of Education of Qatar and of The People's Republic of China. Prior to her retirement from University of California at Berkeley, she was Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Dr. Gardner directed and served on many groups in the science education field. She was involved in several National Science Teachers Association projects including Assistant Executive Secretary and Director, Vistas of Science Program. At the University of California in Berkeley, she was Principal Investigator for pre-college programs: Institute for Chemical Education, Project Physical Science, Mathematics Engineering Science, ChemSource/Source Book, Career Access, ChemCom Teacher Education Program, Research Planning Conference, Family Math Research, and Global Change Project. She was Principal Investigator for the institute for Chemical Education and Project Physical Science at U.C. Berkeley, ICSU's Education for Global Change and SourceBook at Utah State University, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chemistry Program (IAC Program).
Dr. Gardner wrote many papers and was a speaker at numerous conferences around the world. She received many awards and the Excellence in the Field of Science Education award at the University of York in England. She was the only woman to every receive the honor. She was truly a world-wide leader in science education and had many beloved friends and colleagues across this country and abroad.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Meg" Gardner, of Hawaii and a granddaughter, Beth Ladd Murrey of Cedar City, Utah. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Gardner Ladd. She is also survived by a brother and his wife, Charles and Karen Hyer of Logan, Utah; three sisters and their husbands, Charlie and Pauline Buehler of Malad, Dr. T. W. and Bernice McCowin of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Dick and Lois Cook of Layton. Marjorie was a member of the LDS Church.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m., at the North Logan First Ward building, 1105 East 2100 No., Logan, Utah. Friends may call at the church from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in Lewiston. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Cranney Mortuary, logan, Utah.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dr. Marjorie Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund, Utah State University, Development Office, Logan, Utah 84322-1420.
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