Frank Raymond (Ray) Hardy
Class of 1951
Frank Raymond (Ray) Hardy has had, by all accounts, an outstanding career as a University professor and administrator. His career is the basis for his nomination for induction for the CHSAA Hall of Fame. However, he was an outstanding member of his class at Chelmsford High School,’51 that foretold of his success.
During his senior year, Ray was selected to be one of the initial members of a newly created Student Council. The 1951 yearbook states, “The three senior boys on the council have helped tremendously in the successful conduct of the council affairs.” He was also instrumental in creating the initial CHS Student Council Constitution.
The 1951 yearbook lists many awards and activities for Ray, including: Junior year participation in Boys’ State. The American Legion, Post 212 sponsored this award. It was presented to the highest-ranking boy in the Junior Class. He was selected as a graduation speaker and selected as the “Boy Most Likely to Succeed.”
While an undergraduate student at LTI, Ray was encouraged to join the faculty to teach math and science courses. He was hired upon graduation in 1955. He also served in a variety of administrative roles at LTI, University of Lowell and University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In 1983, after 28 years on the faculty, Ray was named Assistant Dean of the College of Science. He advised students with special problems and concerns. He also was quite skillful at maneuvering through the administrative obstacles to obtain resources at the University for the benefit of the College of Science.
He is so well regarded that he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1994. He continues to teach every semester. Dr. Robert Giles, Chair of the UMass Lowell Physics and Applied Physics Department states, “Often I would hear the stories of Ray’s tenure at UMass Lowell as a faculty member, sometimes from colleagues in the department but more often from alums who remember him fondly lecturing hundreds of students in Cumnock Hall. Even today as an emeritus professor the evidence of his life long teaching skills is reflected by the satisfaction and success of the students taking his physics classes.”