We publish this issue with a heavy heart. We have lost a valued colleague and friend. Donald Hardigree has been a vital part of the Western Risk and Insurance Association in recent years. Through the strength of his personality and his vast organizational skills, Don revitalized this organization. At both WRIA and ARIA meetings he could always be found providing friendship and advice to new and old members alike. The Western Risk and Insurance Association and the entire insurance community of the State of Nevada have suffered a grievous loss.
Donald Hardigree, WRIA past president, died suddenly December 16, 1997 at the age of 49 after suffering an aneurism. He was an active supporter of the WRIA, having served on the organization's Board of Directors since 1992. While on the board, Don served in the capacity of Program Chair before being elected WRIA president in 1996. He also assumed the duties of interim editor of the Journal of Insurance Issues for two years during this time.
He earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There, he served as chair of insurance of the Nevada Insurance Education Foundation and as the director of the Institure for Insurance and Risk Management. He enlisted the support and participation of the Nevada insurance industry to establish a strong insurance education program at UNLV.
Don made many contributions to the areaas of insurance and risk management. His presence in the educational profession and in the WRIA organization will be missed.
The Hardigree family has established a scholarship fund in Don's memory at UNLV. Anyone wishing to contribute to the endowed scholarship fund may do so by contacting the UNLV Foundation, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006.
In 1998, the WRIA award for the best article published in the Journal of Insurance Issues was renamed in Don's memory as the Donald Hardigree Memorial Outstanding JII Article Award.