November 10, 2016
Louisburg College will celebrate the life of Allen de Hart, professor emeritus of history, on Saturday morning, Nov. 12, in the De Hart Botanical Gardens on U.S. 401 south of Louisburg.
De Hart, 90, who died Oct. 14, was one of the most influential people in the college’s 229-year-old history and an active advocate for the arts in Franklin County.
He was devoted to Louisburg College. The psychology and history professor arrived in 1957 and was a full-time faculty and staff member for 36 years. He served another 16 years part time. He loved teaching, mentoring, exploring with his students and taking them hiking.
De Hart started the concert series that now bears his name, as well as a lecture and foreign film series. He helped establish the College and Community Arts Council, which became the Franklin County Arts Council, and helped found the Franklin County Historical Society.
In 2012, the de Hart family gave the college 91 acres of forests, gardens, trails, lakes and historic sites, a treasure known as the De Hart Botanical Gardens.
His memorial at the gardens will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature music and refreshments. In case of rain, the event will be in Benson Chapel on the Louisburg College campus.
Allen de Hart with Louisburg College President Mark La Branche
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