In Memoriam: Dee Hardison (1938-2017)

Dee Hardison Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dee-HardisonTorrance Education Foundation mourns the loss of Founding Board Member Dee Hardison, who passed away on September 30th from complications after suffering stroke in August.

The Dee Hardison Memorial Scholarship is being established in memory and in honor of Dee’s deep affection for students.

The Dee Hardison Memorial Scholarship is being established in memory and in honor of Dee’s deep affection for students.

To contribute to Dee’s Scholarship, please Click Here or contact Torrance Education Foundation.

To call Dee a remarkable person, which she most definitely was, fails to capture the magnitude of her service and impact on her beloved city of Torrance, the South Bay, southern California, and the innumerable lives she touched in her long and dedicated career.

As a Torrance City Councilperson, active civic volunteer, and former teacher, Dee was a key member of the group of citizens who came together in 1989 to create a community organization that could raise funds to support the School District in Torrance. Torrance Education Foundation took shape under her guiding hand, incorporating as a nonprofit entity and receiving its tax-exempt status in 1992. As a Founding Board Member of the new organization, Dee dove in with her typical vigor to raise funds to support enrichment programs for students, and extra dollars for teachers to undertake special projects for their classes in Torrance Unified School District.

Dee served in multiple capacities at TEF over more than two decades, including two terms as President of the Board. She launched the TEF Scholarship Program and always chaired the Scholarship Committee.

In 2008, Dee was a member of the small committee which created South Bay Enrichment Academy at the request of TUSD.  SBEA swiftly became a fully WASC-accredited K-12 Summer School Program serving students from Torrance and surrounding South Bay cities. In the summer of 2017, SBEA enrolled more than 1,500 students in classes for enrichment, advancement and grade recovery.

“The imprint Dee Hardison leaves on Torrance Education Foundation and Torrance Unified School District will never fade,” says current TEF President, Dr. Chad Mabery. “Dee set high standards, and was tireless in her commitment to achieving them. She gave unstintingly of herself to the cause of excellence in education for Torrance students. All of us at TEF are proud to carry forward her vision.”