Dr. David F. Hardwick was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1934 into an extended family of
educators, artists, writers and performers (big surprise?). He received his education through medical
school in Vancouver, graduating from The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1957. After
interning in Montreal and Charlotte, NC he returned to Vancouver for a year as a Pediatric Resident
then on to Pediatric Pathology in Los Angeles. He won a NIH traineeship for two years in
Developmental Neurophysiology at LA Children's, finally returning to Vancouver as a Pathology Resident
III trainee and Head, Division of Pediatric Pathology in 1963.
Dr. Hardwick researched Wilms' Tumors and was the first to postulate a relationship between phenotype
and survival. Between 1959 and 1962 he worked with the late G.A. Misrahy, one of the creators of the
Clark oxygen electrode, studying vasomotion effects on extracellular oxygenation in neonatal and adult
animals and developed a career long fascination with the phenomenon. His last graduate student Dr.
D. Karkan obtained her Ph.D. in 2002 working on aspects of vasomotion in tumors. He then defined the
pathogenesis of methionine toxicity through intracellular ATP depletion and explored other hepatotoxic
phenomena. In 1965 he joined the University of British Columbia and created the UBC Pediatric
Pathology Program, one of the flagship programs in Pathology at UBC. Between 1974 and 1989 he was
Head, Department of Pathology, The University of British Columbia and built a teaching and research
power house, the second largest research department at The University of British Columbia, itself a
large international research University.
In the mid 1970's Dr. Nathan Kaufman invited Dr. Hardwick to sit on the USCAP Education Committee.
He shortly became Chair and then moved onto Council, through the executive ranks working with numerous
USCAP members to build the Educational perspective of the
Academy as a `Forum' for collegial exchange with free flow of information. After a successful
Presidency he moved to the IAP where he became President in 1994. He and Antonio Llombart-Bosch
reconfigured intercongress programs and with Dr. Cecila Fenoglio-Preiser began the process of
creating a suitable operations infrastructure for the IAP after the spin off of the International
Divisions. While working on these initiatives he created an endowed visiting scholar program to the
Hong Kong IAP in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Lee then Head of Pathology at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong and Director of the Hong Kong Summer School of Pathology. After many years of successful
operation this has transformed into the preeminent Association of Directors of Pathology of China.
The annual meeting has continued the sponsorship from the UBC IAP scholar program in addition to the
Hong Kong IAP and others making a major contribution to Pathology education in China and Hong Kong.
In 1970 Dr. Hardwick was elected Chief of Medical Staff and Chair, Medical Advisory Committee of BC's
Children's Hospital, a position held for 17 years. During that period he and the Head of Pediatrics,
the late Sydney Israels, spearheaded the creation of and construction of a new combined Pediatric and
Obstetric Hospital that opened in 1982. He worked with Professor A.J. Tingle to create a major
Research Institute at the Children's and Women's campus. He currently sits on the Boards of the
Research Institute and the BC's Children's Hospital Foundation where he is a `Circle of Care
member'. Dr. Hardwick is Chair of B.C. Transplant Foundation that supports the BC Transplant
Research Institute and was a Founding Board Member of the B.C. Women's Hospital and its Foundation.
During the late 1960's and early 1970's Dr. Hardwick and his brother, Professor Walter Hardwick, an
urban geographer at UBC formed a political party with 24 friends. Over a six year period the party,
The Electors Action Movement, took over governance of the City of Vancouver and redesigned the zoning,
space use, neighborhood structures and aspects of the traffic and road system. Redevelopment of
`False Creek' from a polluted, inner city disaster into one of Canada's preeminent living and
recreation areas was a major achievement. Dr. Hardwick served as Chair, Selection Committee for city
councillors for the party for 3 civic elections. When the task was complete, in1972 both he and his
brother, then an elected councillor quit politics and moved onto other challenges.
Dr. Hardwick has received numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Medal, the IAP Gold
Medal, William Boyd Lecturer of the Canadian Association of Pathologists, Honorary Doctor of Laws, UBC
2002 the Sydney Farber lecture of the Society for Pediatric Pathology as well as numerous awards for
teaching including the Master Teacher award of UBC. Recently the Medical Students of UBC awarded Dr.
Hardwick the "Just Desserts" Award for his contributions to students and in 1998 the Board of
Governors of UBC named the main hall of the Medical Student & Alumni Centre after Dr. Hardwick as
` Hardwick Hall'.
Dr. Hardwick and his delightful wife Margaret have three married children - one teacher, one artist
and one business owner who have produced seven grandchildren - all of whom have a keenly developed if
somewhat quirky sense of humor. They all look forward to congregating for family festive occasions at
the family recreation home on Keats Island, British Columbia.