February 14, 2023

Most people are fortunate to have one true love in a lifetime, but Harold Hardcastle ’53 was graced with three loves. Explore special memories from this Aggie’s 91 years of life, and learn how each love culminated into one maroon act of passion for future generations of Aggie agriculturalists.

First Love Pat

Forever Love Peggy

Harold’s connection with his wife, Peggy, has deep roots. Peggy was best friends with Pat growing up, and his best friend was Peggy’s cousin. At their 50th high school reunion, Harold, now a widower, and Peggy, who had divorced, reconnected.

The two bonded over their shared passion for agriculture, and Harold later spent a couple months traveling with Peggy in Idaho to see the industry in another part of the country and to tour the university where she worked as a professor in family and consumer sciences. “We started corresponding, and in six months, she agreed to marry me,” he said. “We have been happily married for 22 years.”

A Love for Agriculture

Harold has experienced more true loves during his life than he ever imagined. Now, through this scholarship, which represents his and Peggy’s love of agriculture, his memorable past shared with Pat at the university and the relationships created over decades in his successful agricultural career, Harold hopes to share that luck in love with future generations.

An honorary or memorial gift is a meaningful way to celebrate a special person who helped you during your Aggie journey. Interested in honoring someone and paying your good fortune forward? Contact Kelsey Christian ’02 below to learn how planned giving can easily help you accomplish this with your after-lifetime assets.