Dr. Thomas Earl Pardoe, 86, former president of the brigham young chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and founder of the Speech Department of Brigham Young University, died Nov. 2, 1971 at his home in Provo, Utah, of a heart ailment. He was professor of speech emeritus and dramatic arts and chairman of the BYU Speech Department for many years. Dr. Pardoe authored a number of books on public speaking.
He was born in Ogden on Feb. 2, 1885, a son of Thomas and Lenora Farr Pardoe. He graduated from Ogden High then the Leland Powers Art School in Boston in 1913. He received his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University in 1925, an M.A. degree from the University of Southern California in 1931 and his Ph.D. degree from Louisiana State University in 1936.
Dr. Pardoe directed the Long Beach Little Theater and organized the first speech clinic at the University of Southern California. He was president of the Utah Speech Assn.; Rocky Mountain Forensic League, Western Speech Association and vice president of the National Speech Association. He was elected a fellow in the American Speech Correction Society.
Always an enthusiastic follower of athletics, he once coached the Brigham Young University tennis team. He organized the Utah County Boy Scout Council and was president of the Utah Society, Sons of the American Revolution and the Provo Rotary Club. He was honored several times and received awards from the BYU Alumni Assn.
Dr. Pardoe married Katherine Bassett in the Salt Lake Temple on June 3, 1914.
Survivors include his widow; two sons and two daughters, William Edward, Greenwich, Conn.; Dr. Thomas Earl Pardoe, San Carlos, Calif.; Mrs. Dwane (Norma) Anderson, San Bernardino, Calif.; Mrs. Heber (Catherine) Reese, Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the Berg Drawing Room Chapel in Provo on Nov. 5 and burial was in the Ogden City CemeteryRecommend0 recommendationsPublished in