Longtime Museum Supporter Dr. Harry Readnour Has Died

Dr. Harry Warren Readnour, 78, a long-time active supporter of the Faulkner County Museum, died at his home on December 15, 2017 in Conway, Arkansas.

He was born March 30, 1939, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to the late Harry Wilson and Alice Estelle Sterling Readnour. After graduating from Wynnewood High School in 1957, he received his B. A. from the Oklahoma State University in 1961. Readnour received his M. A. from George Washington University in 1962, and he earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 1971.

Readnour served in the U.S. Army, Infantry, from 1965 to 1967 and attained the rank of Captain. He served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and received a Bronze Star for service in connection with actions against hostile ground forces, while serving with the 219th M.I. Detachment, II Field Forces, United States Army Republic Vietnam, Long Binh, Vietnam.

Readnour taught history at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri from 1968 to 1971. In 1971, he joined the History Department at the University of Central Arkansas (then known as State College of Arkansas). He remained at UCA until his retirement in 2008. During his 37 years of teaching at UCA, he served the university in numerous capacities including President of the Faculty Council, Director of Exemplary Studies, and Chairman of the History Department. Readnour especially enjoyed his work with graduate students as well as History Day in Arkansas.

He was a former senior warden at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Conway. He had over 40 years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis. He was also an active supporter of the Faulkner County Museum.

Dr. Readnour is survived by his two sons Richard Readnour of Conway and Warren Readnour and wife, Shari, of Conway; and three grandchildren, Richard Corey Readnour of Jonesboro, Julia Lynn Readnour and Ashlyn Margaret Readnour of Conway.

The family wishes to thank Lena Goode and his other caregivers.

Visitation will be 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. Memorial Service will be at 10:00am, Wednesday, December 20 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Conway, AR, with interment to follow at St. Peter’s columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Readnour Family Scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas Foundation or the Faulkner County Museum.

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