David Thomas “Tom” Hardison

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tom Hardison, 85, of Durham, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2021.  He was born in Washington, NC to Esther Mae Arnold, Later Mrs. Hilton Alligood, and Audrey Burrell Hardison.  Tom was educated at St. Agnes Academy and Washington High School.  Following high school, Tom went far out into the world to continue his education and to develop a varied career which reflected his interests in music, with a BS and Master’s Degree in Music from Julliard in NY, NY, health, with a nursing degree, and lastly, Zen Buddhism where he was ordained as a Buddhist Priest in Sendai, Japan.

Tom is survived by his sisters Miriam (Preston) Phillips, Bryon, GA; and Teresa (Danny) Smith, Washington, NC; nieces and nephews, Ty (Shannon) Carter; Elisa Phillips, Lee Phillips, Etta Carter, Daniel (Jamie Lyn) Smith and Jacklyn (Todd) Buck; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Sister Jane Hardison, IHM (formerly known as Sister Timothy Marie, of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary).

To honor Tom’s life, donations may be made to your favorite organization promoting the arts and music.