Isadore A. Hardy, 99, a kindergarten teacher in the D.C. public schools for 45 years before retiring in 1950, died Nov. 9 in D.C. General Hospital following surgery for a circulatory ailment.
Miss Hardy was born in Washington and was a graduate of the old M Street High School. She then graduated from the Phoebe Hearst School, a pioneer school here for black kindergarten teachers directly by the late Anna Evans Murray. Miss Hardy also attended Howard University and the University of Chicago during the summer months.
She began her teaching career at Garfield Elementary School in 1905 where she was paid $45 a month and commuted by horse-drawn carriage. She later taught at Lovejoy, Miner, and the old Jones elementary schools. Her last 13 years in teaching were spent at Simmons elementary. In addition to teaching, she supervised practice teachers from the old Miner Teachers College.
A member of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington since 1904, Miss Hardy was a past assistant superintendent of the church's Sunday school and taught there for many years.She also belonged to the Church Aid Circle and its Missionary Society.
She was a resident of Washington. She belonged to a number of community groups and was a charter member of the Eastland Gardens Flower Club and belonged to the Hospitality Club of the YWCA.
Survivors include two sisters, Geneva Hardy of Hyattsville, and Nettie Vance of Washington, and a brother, Clifton Hardy of Washington.