Douglas Gibson Gardner


Douglas Gibson Gardner, born August 19, 1959 passed away peacefully at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana on June 14, 2022. Doug was born at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and attended Northland High School, graduating as valedictorian in 1977. He graduated from The Ohio State University cum laude with a major in history and a minor in economics. While at Ohio State, Doug was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the University Honors Program. Doug received an A.M. in History from Duke University where he was a James B. Duke 100th Anniversary Fellow and served as Vice President of the Trinity College Historical Society. He received his Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio. Doug taught history at Miami University from 1990-2001 and was a visiting professor at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. He began teaching at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) in 2001, becoming the Coordinator of the History Department in 2004. Doug retired in May, 2022. While at IUPUC, Doug’s teaching was recognized with an Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award, and he earned the IUPUC Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service Award. Doug was a member of the Center for Civil War Photography, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Society for Military History, and the Society of Civil War Historians. Doug was a voracious reader and was an exceptionally articulate conversationalist known for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor. He was a lifelong Ohio State Buckeye Basketball and Football fan and loved nothing more than cheering with his family, whether in person or via exclamatory text messages. Doug is preceded in death by his beloved parents, E.H. “Bud” Gardner and Mary Diane Gibson Gardner. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Gardner Koruna (Timothy), niece, Abigail, and nephews, Robert and Daniel. Doug is also survived by many wonderful friends, none more so than Luke, Barbara, and Alayna Jacobus, who were as dear to him as family. Doug will be buried at Patterson Cemetery in Patterson, Ohio. Private Family Internment. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you honor Doug’s life by donating to Faith Lutheran Church, PO Box 1164, Columbus, Indiana 47202.

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