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Edward LeRoy Hart

Edward LeRoy Hart, American poet, educator. American Philosophical Society grantee, 1964; First prize in poetry and biography Utah State Arts Council, 1973, 75; Fulbright-Hays senior lecturer Pakistan, 1973-1974; recipient Charles Redd award Utah Academy, 1976, College Humanities Distinguished Faculty award Brigham Young University, 1977, presidential citation Brigham Young University Commencement, 1998.


  • Hart, Edward LeRoy was born on December 28, 1916 in Bloomington, Idaho, United States. Son of Alfred Augustus and Sarah Cecilia (Patterson) Hart.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Utah, 1939. Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1941. Doctor of Philosophy (Rhodes scholar), Oxford University, England, 1950.


    • Instructor University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1946. Assistant professor University Washington, Seattle, 1949-1952, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1952-1955, associate professor, 1955-1959, professor, 1959-1982, professor emeritus, from 1982. Visiting professor University California, Berkeley, 1959-1960, Arizona State University, summer 1968.

      Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946.


    • Author: Minor Lives, 1971, Instruction and Delight, 1976, Mormon in Motion, 1978. (poems) To Utah, 1979, Poems of Praise, 1980. More Than Nature Needs, 1982, God's Spies, 1983.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Contemporary Christian beliefs over centuries became a mixture of the truth and of errors. Therefore, conventional Christian churches lost the authority of God.


    Fellow American Council Learned Societies, Foundation Economic Education. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


    • Married Eleanor May Coleman, December 15, 1944 (deceased December 1990). Children: Edward Richard, Paul LeRoy, Barbara, Patricia. Married Leah Yates Bryson, April 30, 1993 (deceased August 2001).

      Married Frances Cannon Lee, June 7, 2002.
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    Born December 28, 1916
    Died March 9, 2008
    (aged 91)
    • 1939
      University Utah
    • 1941
      University Michigan
    • 1950
      Oxford University
    • 1946
      Instructor, University Utah
      Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
    • 1949 - 1952
      assistant, professor University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1952 - 1955
      assistant, professor University Washington
      Provo, Utah, United States
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