Hometown: Pisgah, KY
Position: F Playing Height: 6-2
Date of Birth: December 12, 1892
Date of Death: June 16, 1936
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Tennis]
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Obituary - Derrill Hart Dies in East, Lexington Herald (June 18, 1936)
BODY TO BE BROUGHT HERE
Derrill W. Hart, 43, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, an authority on horticultural subjects and donor of the Derrill W. Hart dahlia garden on the university campus, died at his home in New York Tuesday night, according to word received here yesterday.
Mr. Hart, a native of Woodford county, was a descendant of one of the pioneer families which settled the Pisgah community. He frequently had returned to Kentucky for visits and attended the Pisgah sesqui-centennial celebration two years ago.
Following his graduation from the University of Kentucky in 1912, where he distinguished himself in scholarship and athletics, Mr. Hart taught school for four years as a member of the faculty of Lexington High school. He obtained a master's degree from the university in 1916. The same year he enlisted in the navy as an apprentice seaman and two years later was commissioned an ensign.
Mr. Hart, at the close of the war, became connected with the Doubleday Page Company, New York, publishing the Garden Magazine, later the American Home. From 1919 to 1934 he was associated with various horticultural publications and in 1934 he became editor of the garden section of the New York Sun. He later became advertising manager of the Flower Grower.
He first conceived the idea in 1921 of an honor roll for dahlias, a field in which he was particularly interested, and his plan resulted in the publication every year of a list of new dahlias.
In 1931, Mr. Hart, who was a close personal friend of the late F. Paul Anderson, dean of the University College of Engineering made possible the establishment of the famous dahlia garden n the engineering school area at the university. It has been developed as a southern proving ground for dahlias, and contains scores of different species of that flower. He was elected president of the American Dahlia Society in 1934.
He was a member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity while a student in the University of Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rita Allaine D'Aleze Hart, a native of Anjers, France; two brothers, Robert Hart of Fayette county, and Ben R. Hart, of San Francisco, and one sister, Mrs. Robert H. Wyld, of Garden City, L.I.
The body accompanied by members of the family, will arrive here Friday mornng at 7:50 o'clock over the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, and will be taken to the residence of his brother, Robert, on the Versailles pike.
Funeral services will take place at the grave in the family lot in the Pisgah cemetery Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.