John Hale Gardner

24 Aug 1922 - 26 Sep 2008

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24 Aug 1922 - 26 Sep 2008
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John Hale Gardner 1922 ~ 2008 John Hale Gardner, our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, surrounded by his loving family, passed away on September 6, 2008 after succumbing to complications due to advanced age. John Hale was born August 22, 1922, in Logan, Utah, to Willard and Rebecca Viola
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John Hale Gardner

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Married: 23 Jul 1943
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Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States

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D&C 25:12 (Olga) // D&C 88:118 (John)
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Contributor: Nate Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

John Hale Gardner 1922 ~ 2008 John Hale Gardner, our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, surrounded by his loving family, passed away on September 6, 2008 after succumbing to complications due to advanced age. John Hale was born August 22, 1922, in Logan, Utah, to Willard and Rebecca Viola Hale Gardner. He was the second youngest of seven children and their father was a professor of soil physics at Utah State Agricultural College near his home in Logan. John Hale studied physics at Utah State University, graduating in three years as the valedictorian of his class. Then he attended MIT and helped develop radar during World War II. He also attended Harvard University where he got his PhD in Physics. His graduate work contributed to three different Nobel prizes in physics. He married his high school sweetheart, Olga Hellen Dotson, in the Boston Mission Home on July 23, 1943, and they were sealed the next year in the Logan Temple. He was devoted to Olga his whole life and was her greatest fan, as she had a beautiful soprano voice and shared her talent in many ways. They had eight wonderful children, as he would always say, who brought him great joy. In 1949 he came to Provo to teach physics, mathematics, and astronomy at a much smaller Brigham Young University. He loved his students and colleagues, and he was instrumental in the growth and development of BYU. He particularly enjoyed teaching the Honor's Colloquium, and he was beloved and influential in the lives of his students. John Hale had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ, and he served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop, high councilman, and gospel doctrine teacher. He is survived by his wife, Olga, of 65 years; eight children: Helen Elizabeth (Tracy Hall), John Willard (Kathryn), Kristin (Ron Spears), Rebecca, Robert Dotson (Deborah), Eric William (Connie), Ann, Margaret Irene (John Naegle); 37 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one sister, Relda (Frank Bringhurst), and one brother Willard (DeAnn). Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Hills 1st Ward, 1038 N. 1200 E., Provo. Friends may call at the Ward Chapel on Thursday evening 6-8 p.m. or on Friday one hour prior to services. Interment Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Info@BergMortuary.com. Published in Deseret News on September 28, 2008 ********************************************************************************************************

John Hale Garder - Find a Grave Index

Contributor: Nate Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30136455 Birth: Aug. 22, 1922 Logan Cache County Utah, USA Death: Sep. 6, 2008 Provo Utah County Utah, USA John Hale Gardner, our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, surrounded by his loving family, passed away on September 6, 2008 after succumbing to complications due to advanced age. John Hale was born August 22, 1922 in Logan, Utah to Willard and Rebecca Viola Hale Gardner. He was the second youngest of seven children and their father was a professor of soil physics at Utah State Agricultural College near his home in Logan. John Hale studied physics at Utah State University, graduating in three years as the valedictorian of his class. Then he attended MIT and helped develop radar during World War II. He also attended Harvard University where he got his PhD in Physics. His graduate work contributed to three different Nobel prizes in physics. He married his high school sweetheart, Olga Hellen Dotson in the Boston Mission Home on July 23, 1943 and they were sealed the next year in the Logan Temple. He was devoted to Olga his whole life and was her greatest fan, as she had a beautiful soprano voice and shared her talent in many ways. They had eight wonderful children, as he would always say, who brought him great joy. In 1949, he came to Provo to teach physics, mathematics, and astronomy at a much smaller Brigham Young University. He loved his students and colleagues, and he was instrumental in the growth and development of BYU. He particularly enjoyed teaching the Honor's Colloquium, and he was beloved and influential in the lives of his students. John Hale had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ, and he served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop, high councilman, and gospel doctrine teacher. He is survived by his wife, Olga, of 65 years; eight children: Helen Elizabeth (Tracy Hall), John Willard (Kathryn), Kristin (Ron Spears), Rebecca, Robert Dotson (Deborah), Eric William (Connie), Ann, Margaret Irene (John Naegle); 37 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one sister, Relda (Frank Bringhurst), and one brother Willard (DeAnn). Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo. Friends may call at the Ward Chapel on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. or on Friday one hour prior to services. Interment: Provo City Cemetery. Published in the Deseret News on 9/28/2008. Family links: Parents: Willard Snow Gardner (1883 - 1964) Rebecca Viola Hale Gardner (1882 - 1978) Spouse: Olga Helen Dotson Gardner (1924 - 2011) Burial: Provo City Cemetery Provo Utah County Utah, USA

John Hale and Olga Dotson Gardner 50th Wedding Anniversary Program Notes

Contributor: Nate Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

John Hale, Dad, Grandpa, and Olga Helen, Mom, Grandma are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today, and we thought you might like to catch a glimpse of how one plus one turned into fifty-one on this great day in their lives (from the point of view of their posterity!). Let’s begin at their beginning: John Hale Gardner was born August 24, 1922 in Logan, Utah, the sixth child of Willard and Rebecca Viola Hale Gardner. Dad writes that “my hours were filled as much with contemplation as with play, and my mind was occupied with wonder at the world about me, who I was and what would become of me.” His youth was full of wonder and discovery, and we hear from his older brothers and sisters that he had quite a hot temper, occasionally slamming the kitchen door so hard the glass broke. His brother Walt said that he had a hot temper, too, but he never got a chance to show it because the glass was always broken from Hale’s outbursts! (The Gardner posterity loved hearing this story, it explains a lot as we see our children and siblings demonstrating this fine quality in their lives!) One story we’ve heard from our Dad, John Hale, is about the time he got lost in a cave during a Boy Scout camp. He and a few of his scout friends decided to explore a cave that had been sealed off by the government, by breaking the seal and entering with flashlights (perhaps the grandchildren shouldn’t hear this story)! As they got further into the cave his friends one by one dropped back and left the cave until he was the only one left, willing and determined!, to go on despite the fact that his flashlight batteries were dead. He ended up deep in a cavern trying to feel his way back to the entrance. He went through many great hardships trying to get back to the entrance and his scout group many hours later, an exhausted, battered, and somewhat chastened boy. This story demonstrates Hale’s great exploratory nature and also his stubbornness! Both necessary qualities for success in what was to be his future of lifelong scientific pursuits! Olga Helen Dotson was born March 13, 1923 in Burbank, California, the sixth child of A. Lewis Dotson and Lola Irene McAdams. Born with a great gift for song and drama, Olga, according to her older sisters, was a pretty little girl who was pampered and doted over. An excerpt from her diary gives us a glimpse of her activities: “My oldest brother, Paul, after suffering through four sisters in a row, had so hoped for a baby brother and was so gravely disappointed, he would have nothing to do with me at first. But before long, he was noticed taking little peeks and we soon became best pals. He used to let me polish his white shoes before all his dates and then often took me to his dance band jobs and let me sing with the band when I was just a little tiny kid. He played trombone and bass fiddle. During those years, we lived near the Culver City Motion Picture Studios. My cousin with her long dark curls and I with my long blond ringlets used to sing duets and act together in the training program for silent films at the studio. Mother used to roll my ringlets on her finger, till later when she made rag curlers and wrapped them. I remember the huge big room with walls of mirrors where we had dancing sessions and a huge big wooden shoe where they filmed our little dramas.” As Olga performed throughout her childhood, one of the songs she performed, in a pretty new dress her mother made for her, was ‘Alice Blue Gown,’ which her grandchild Emily Millheim will sing for us now: •Emily sing ‘Alice Blue Gown’ An excerpt from John Hale’s history tells how he met Olga: “I went out for football and played on the team for the three years I was there, playing center and tackle. In my junior year I was nominated and elected Junior Class President. It was during this year that I met the girl who was to become my wife. Olga Dotson had moved with her family to Logan from California, and she and her two sisters created quite a stir among the fellows because of their beauty, and something about them that was different from the local girls. I first saw Olga when she sang at an assembly, a Tschaikowsky number, ‘None but the Lonely Heart,’ and I didn’t know anyone could sing so beautifully … I believe I made up my mind then to marry her one day.” •Curt playing football and Jan singing song skit Olga’s side of the story is this: “The Dotson girls made quite a splash at Logan High. I was 14 and a sophomore and was elected later that year as sophomore attendant to the Junior Prom queen and got acquainted with the president of the Junior Class, a handsome, smart, wavy-haired fella, sometimes called Johnny--sometimes Hale--Gardner. Our first date was a movie, ‘Dark Victory’ with Bette Davis. I cried all the way through--embarrassed him, but he came back for more.” John Hale graduated in three years as Valedictorian from Utah State University and left for Boston, Massachusetts to do research for MIT, leaving behind his sweetheart with the promise of sending for her. She traveled 2000 miles on a train to meet him and they were married the evening of her arrival, after rushing around making all of the last minute arrangements, in the LDS Mission home in Cambridge. •skit of taking their vows with a small crowd of friendly branch members •grandkids sing ‘I Will Walk 500 Miles’ Olga went four times 500 miles and thus began the math of one plus one equals fifty-one! •‘Do You Love Me’ sung by Eric and Jan I think they had a secret dream of having a small orchestra! •Growing up as John and Olga’s children was an interesting experience. We were expected to be musicians and performers like our mother (without her voice!) and each picked an instrument to play, and along with Mom’s voice lessons going on in the living room, walking into out house usually sounded something like this . . . . . •medley of kids A typical family home evening at our house went like this: •family home evening skit - includes Kirstin playing the piano, Maggie playing the cello, Helen playing the flute with Mom, and Ann playing the piano And we were expected to be scholars and teachers like our father. I remember that every time we were bored, Dad would hand us a book to read, and Sunday dinners were always discussions about our Sunday School lessons. Dad always asked us if we asked questions in class. Dad wanted us to know the world, and every summer we explored a different part of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and eventually Europe. As we traveled, Mom read to us. Between boredom and trips, we all experienced the great classics at an early age, and had broadened our view of the world. These trips were not easy for Mom and Dad with a family growing in numbers. Mom writes, “We’re surely covering the miles and it does get tiresome! … We’ve read a book and a few Sherlock Holmes stories while riding, and the children do a lot of writing and drawing.” But they were willing to work hard for our the sake of our educational experience. Occasionally they took a trip by themselves, and a typical postcard went like this: “Daddy is inspecting cattle and sheep, while Mommy is relaxing in the sun by the swimming pool. Be good! We’re bringing home souvenirs! Daddy and Mommy” Of course you all know what outstanding people John Hale and Olga are, their list of accomplishments would take a full day to recite - John Hale with his many scientific accomplishments, and Olga with her many singing performances. It is amazing that Olga was able to raise eight WONDERFUL children, along with practicing for her many star opera roles and concerts, teaching voice lessons, Tabernacle Choir involvement, pursuing literary interests, etc., etc., and it is equally amazing that John Hale was able to concentrate on his research, write many papers, make great strides in science, along with his many church callings, and university assignments, support Olga, and be such a presence for his children. The children’s lives were enriched by their exposure to all of this greatness and have many memories of operas and campus lectures. •accomplishments - show continuous paper - too many, would take all day One of John Hale’s loves in his later teaching years was his Freshman Honor’s Colloquium, where he was able use his skills to stimulate and refine the thinking skills of his young students. Several of his children and grandchildren were fortunate enough to take this course and have some fond memories… •skit of colloquium One of Olga’s later fun experiences was to play the part of Grizelda in a production of Cats, where she sang the famous song, ‘Memory.’ She enjoyed this venture into a lighter medium than her demanding operatic roles. Her grandson will play ‘Memory’ on the piano in her honor. •Forrest play ‘Memory’ Here they are fifty years later, a fifty-one member family, a lifetime of achievement, they’ve accomplished a lot together, and… •finale - future of wonder: ‘It’s A Whole New World’ sung by kids - full of wonder and discovery.

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1922
John Hale Gardner was born on 24 Aug 1922
John Hale Gardner was 17 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
John Hale Gardner was 18 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
John Hale Gardner was 33 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
John Hale Gardner was 47 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
John Hale Gardner was 50 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
John Hale Gardner was 58 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
John Hale Gardner was 72 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
John Hale Gardner died on 26 Sep 2008 at the age of 86
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