Archive for Friday, February 26, 1993


February 26, 1993


A memorial service for Marvin A. "Mike" Harder, 71, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. March 13 at the auditorium of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Inurnment for Mr. Harder, who was cremated, will be at a later date at Pioneer Cemetery on Kansas University's campus. Warren-McElwain Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Harder died this morning, Feb. 26, 1993.

He was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Hillsboro to Menno and Katherine Weins Harder.

Mr. Harder taught political science for 44 years, including 27 years at the University of Wichita and 16 years as a professor at Kansas University.

His last teaching assignment was in 1991-92 as visiting professor of government at Connecticut College in New London, Conn.

Besides teaching, Harder was a participant-observer in government, serving as a Congressional Fellow of the American Poltical Science Assn. in 1954-55, special assistant for policy review and coordination for former Gov. Robert Docking, and secretary of administration under Gov. John Carlin.

He was founding director of the KU Capitol Complex Center in Topeka, which provided public administration graduate programs for full-time state and local government employees.

He also organized and conducted the Institute for Kansas Legislators, an orientation program. Two of his writings about the Legislature were published by University of Kansas Press.

He was Kansas Democratic State Chairman in 1954 and was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Political Organizations of the Democratic National Committee. He was a delegate in 1956 and 1964 to the Democratic National Convention.

During the past 20 years he was a resource person for the professional development seminars for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and after 1966 he regularly called Kansas elections for the ABC television network.

Survivors include his wife, Marlys, of the home; a daughter, Heide Harder-Connolly, Lawrence; a brother, Leland, North Newton; two sisters, Lois Hiebert, Winfield, and Joan Kaufman, Winfield, and four grandchildren.

Several colleagues remembered him this morning for his career in education and government.

"He was an outstanding individual with very high ethical standards and was an accomplished politician and professor who was always thinking about the welfare of his students, the state and the kind of future he would leave to his grandchildren and to other young people," said Russell Getter, a KU associate professor of political science and government.

Jim Drury, a KU professor of political science and government, said he will remember Harder as a good friend.

"He stood for good government and he was adviser to a number of governors," Drury said. "He was an effective teacher and a scholar."

Dick Raney, a local pharmacist, had known Harder as a neighbor and friend for more than 20 years.

"This community, the state of Kansas and its educational institutions lost a lovely giant of a man," Raney said.

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