Mathematician Counts to 100

Gloria Lars-Bond with her dad, Colonel “C.D. Gardner. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).

By Kia Croom Colonel D. Gardner, a former mathematics instructor and computer scientist, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 7 at his Lordship’s Restaurant in Berkeley. The event was hosted by his daughter Gloria Lars-Bond. Gardner was born in 1912 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in general science and graduated cum laude. As a student, he was elected student body president and ranked third scholastically in his graduating class. He later worked as an educator at Okolona Junior College in Okolona, Mississippi and the Webster Parish Training School in Minden, Louisiana. In 1938, Gardner married Tiny Lee Robinson, who is deceased. The couple had two children, daughter Gloria and son Douglas, before moving to Richmond in 1948. Shortly after relocating, Gardner enrolled at the University of California Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics in 1952. During his graduate studies he was elected to the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Fraternity in the School of Mathematics. He began working in 1954 as a computer scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Livermore, where he wrote an important scientific paper,  “Expals-Fortran Code for Exponential Approximation by Least Squares.” At present, Gardner lives in the city of Hercules with his daughter Gloria. He is member of the Church of Christ in Richmond.
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