Cynthia Ann Stolze Hardison
February 9, 1928 – September 9, 2020
Cynthia Ann Stoltze Hardison died September 9, 2020, in Raleigh, NC. She was born a U.S. citizen in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, on February 9, 1928, to Norris Sanborn Stoltze and Frances Virtue Stoltze. Her father opened lumber yards following the route of The Great Northern Railroad opening the northern plains to settlement, and her mother was a nurse.
From her early days of joining in on a morning ride of a cattle drive, to spending time with her cousins on the McIntyre Ranch in nearby Magrath, Alberta, Cynthia developed a healthy respect for the West, which evolved into her love of John Wayne movies. She loved the outdoors and the wildlife that inhabits it.
Cynthia’s hobbies were many. She was an accomplished water-color artist and needle-pointer, and she was a chocolate connoisseur. But her favorite hobby was playing her accordion. She learned to play the accordion as a child, and she loved to play it when friends and guests visited.
She attended primary school in Lethbridge and graduated high school from The Summit Academy in St. Paul, MN. She attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and then transferred to Stanford University from which, she graduated cum laude.
After Stanford, she attended Northwestern University's Medical School from which, she graduated AOA (national medical honor society). Following an internship at Northwestern, she completed a fellowship in internal medicine, specializing in hematology and oncology, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While at Mayo, she also received a MS degree from the University of Minnesota winning the Judson Daland Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. During this time, she became interested in Sjogren’s Syndrome and published extensively on that disease.
Upon completing her fellowship, Cynthia joined the Mayo Clinic as a consultant in the Section of Hematology, where she was the first female to be added to Mayo's clinical staff as a consultant.
She married Dr. Joseph H. Hardison, Jr. in 1961, and they moved to Raleigh in 1964. Together, they founded Raleigh Internal Medicine Associates, where she specialized in hematology and oncology until 1989, when she retired. During her career, she served as a hematology consultant to the Journal of the American Medical Association, President of the American College of Gastroenterology Women's Auxiliary, as a board member of the local National Muscular Sclerosis Society chapter, and as a board member of the N.C. Symphony Foundation.
Her greatest joys in life were her faith in God, her family, practicing medicine, and her many friends. She read voraciously and derived great pleasure from her memberships in the Olla Podrida Book Club and the Monday Luncheon and Literary Society. She also enjoyed her membership in the St. Christopher's Club.
Cynthia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be missed greatly by all.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph H. Hardison, Jr., her parents, and her two brothers, Frank V. Stoltze and William N. Stoltze. She is survived by her three children, Joseph H. Hardison, III and wife De, Sanborn Stoltze Hardison, Anna Katherine Hardison, and by two grandchildren, Taylor Ann Hardison and Joseph H. Hardison, IV.
A private burial service will be held at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to White Memorial Church or to Hospice of Wake County.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Cynthia Ann Stolze Hardison
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Jeanne and David Smoot
September 14, 2020
My husband David and I knew Dr. Cynthia Hardison as an exceptional intellect and a consummate physician. Even by today's standards, Dr. Hardison was an extremely well educated woman.
I met her over the phone when I was a graduate student at UNC/Chapel Hill. She was calling to tell me that she was in the emergency room at old Rex Hospital where my husband had been brought in with an apparent heart attack. She assured me that was not the case. Instead of pumping him with unnecessary treatments or procedures, she had asked my then young husband and his friend, who had brought him in, what they had been doing. David and his friend (who was about half the size and strength of my husband, if that) had tried to push our large, heavy station wagon up a hill when it ran out of gas, hoping it could then coast to a nearby station. When David's friend gave out and abandoned the effort, David kept on and hyperventilated!
A few years later, when I was 26, I began having inexplicable headaches and fatigue. I went to an eye doctor, my dentist, ENT doctors, my general practitioner--I think even a gynecologist--anyone I thought who could explain the headaches. About the time I was beginning to get funny looks and suggestions I might need a psychological exam, I decided to try to see Dr. Hardison. Strangely she never examined me physically (she had records of all the previous doctors' visits), but she did ask me if I had ever had my wisdom teeth out. I said I wasn't even sure what they were! She told me to go back to my dentist and have him check on my wisdom teeth. We discovered they had been impacted, infected and really needed to come out! An undiagnosed low grade infection had been sapping my strength and giving me headaches.
What a doctor!
Sincere condolences to the family on the passing of this remarkable and kind woman.
Jeanne and David Smoot