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“I just heard of Bruce's passing. Bruce was one of my favorite professors at Purdue. His training benefitted me immensely. I had the opportunity to...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Neal Michal - Melbourne Australia

“I knew Bruce primarily through the ANSI Committee on Education, where he and I both served as Chair, and also the ANSI Board of Directors and through...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: RIchard Forselius - Woodbridge, CT

“As a former student of Professor Harding's, I was one of many touched by him. He will be missed by many and I hope you take comfort in all of the...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Brett Davis - Logansport, IN

“Professor Harding is one of the best teachers I had when I went to Purdue. To this day I can remember one time I needed help, I walked into his...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Matthew Fry - Mason, OH

“Dear Martha and Seth:My heartfelt symapthy and love to you Martha in the loss of your husband and Seth in the loss of your Dad. There are things in...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Shirley Clark - Warsaw, VA

“Professor Harding is one of the kindest teacher I've ever met. He's kind-hearted, patient, humorous and knowledgable. I and my classmates of his ...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: H.Chen - west lafayette, IN

“My deepest condolences for your loss, Martha and Seth and all of the Harding family. Bruce was a very kind man and I will keep him in my thoughts. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: LaRonika Thomas

“Martha & Seth, My heart aches when I think of the grief you are experiencing with the loss of your husband, your father...his love and support...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: carolyn prillaman - midlothian, VA

“"For this is a journey that we all must take, And each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, A step on the road to home." (excerpt...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Ana Fortes - Gainesville, FL

“Bruce and his family embraced us as friends when we first got to Lafayette and became our extended family. Bruce was always kind and generous with...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Jose Fortes - Gainesville, FL

“We were so honored to have Bruce part of our family for the short time we knew him. He was a joy to be around and have conversations with. He was...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Joe & Laura Chavez - Pacoima, CA

“I am so saddend by the loss of this kind and gentle man. I feel privileged to have been an associate with Brace at several ASME committees and my...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Carl Houk - Winter Springs, FL

“I am saddened to hear of the loss of Professor Harding. He was a wonderful professor, visionary leader, and kind and gracious human being. I enjoyed...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Professor Frederick Greene - NM

“What a gentleman; a man who spoke his mind sincerely and earnestly. I'm sorry the world lost a kind soul. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: David C Wyatt - Lincoln, RI

“Bruce was a good friend and I will miss him in this world. When I've thought of him over the years I've remembered his smile, his kindness, saying ...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Scott - Richmond, VA - friend

“I have very fond memories of our time living side by side in Warsaw. Bruce was a wonderful neighbor and a good friend. I cannot think of Bruce...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: John Scott - Richmond, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bruce was one of the kindest gentlemen I have ever had the privilege to work with. He will be missed by...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Marianne Meloro - St. Augustine, FL

“You will truly be missed in life but always remembered in spirit. Your spirit and memory will always be with me. I treasure the time I have spent...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: John Miles - Granbury, TX

“Bruce and I were classmates at Parkview jr high and Jeffersonville high schools. Bruce was my escort to the 8th grade dance. Always the gentleman. ...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Patty Dooley brock - IN

Professor Bruce A. Harding, 66, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at home with family. He was born March 8, 1947, to Marion U. and Edgar Albert Harding in Buffalo, New York, but spent his childhood in Jeffersonville, Indiana where he was active in Boy Scouts, golfing and camping. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and had an active Boy Scout membership at the time of his passing. He began attending Purdue University football games at the age of five years with his grandfather and uncle, both Purdue graduates. He worked at his Father's pharmacies part-time until he was 23.

In 1968 he married Martha Jane Holmes. They lived in West Lafayette until 1974 when Bruce accepted a position at Rapphannock Community College in Virginia. In 1975 he became a father to Seth, which he felt was his greatest achievement. He dearly loved his daughter-in-law and found friendships in all age groups through his work and his son. As an only child, family and friends were most important to him, which drew him to his wife's family where he found the brothers he desired. He considered his Mother-in-law as his own Mother, and spent the last sixteen years caring for her in many ways, asking her to accompany him to activities both in the US and Canada on several occasions.

Bruce graduated from Purdue University and attended Indiana University Southeast, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. He worked at Purdue University and Westinghouse Laboratories in West Lafayette during graduate school, was an administrator at Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw, Virginia, where he also taught photography, then returned to Purdue University for the last 32 years of his career. He welcomed the opportunity to work for three years in the late 1990's at the New Albany Statewide Technology site.

He was Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology in the College of Technology and CoT Coordinator of Professional Practice. He was actively involved in consulting, teaching and developing engineering standards holding leadership positions in standards development for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American National Standard Institute, and the International Organization for Standardization. Among other activities, he served as member and Chair of numerous Y 14 subcommittees, as Chair of the Board on Standardization and Testing from 2010 to 2013, Chair of US Tag to ISO TC10 on Technical Product Documentation since 1999, Chair of ISO TC10, and ASME Vice President Standardization and Testing, 2010-2013. His work with these groups brought him much satisfaction and many valued friendships. He was active in the Society for Manufacturing Engineers for over 18 years.

Bruce's personal interests over the years involved archery, woodworking, photography, canoeing, camping fishing, golf and family.

He was a past President and member of Warsaw Rotary Club, Warsaw, Virginia and a member of Rotary Club of Lafayette, Indiana. In Virginia he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and the former Junior Miss Program as well as operating his own business, Potomac Media.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Harding, son, Seth Harding (Theresa), and brother-in-law Douglass Holmes (Susan). He was predeceased by his parents, mother-in-law, Jane Bottorff, and his brother-in-law, Craig Holmes.

The family is grateful to Douglass, Sarah, Shawn and Juliette who were with him at his passing and to Deb and Debbie for all their support.

Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Funeral service 1p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 435 Limestone St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at