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Nigel Hart

Marine, published scholar

Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 16:09

Nigel Hart, formerly Reginald Sean Hartfield, will be one of the Aggies who will be honored at Silver Taps on Tuesday. He died June 2 after battling an unexpected case of lung cancer.

Hart was a driven and accomplished person. He was working on his doctorate in psychology at Texas A&M, but not before serving in the U.S. military. Before attending college, Hart had been a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. He served in the Gulf War.

“Nigel had worked as an undergraduate research assistant and then proceeded to enter into a master’s program at the University of California,” said Paul Wellman, professor and interim head of psychology at A&M. “Before doing so, Nigel had gone to a fine arts high school as an adolescent and was very musically talented.”

Hart originally received a full scholarship to Berkley, but instead decided to enter the Marine Corps.

Wellman said his interest in graduate research was mostly in the field of drug addiction. He had a strong interest in club drugs, specifically. Hart did several studies on rats to test how animals became sensitized to the drugs.

By the time Hart finished his research on the study, he had about 10 publications to show for them.

After the many years Hart dedicated to pursuing his education and contributing to the world of science, he made it a personal goal to impact drug usage and contribute useful studies and research to the field of psychology.

Hart’s research covered an array of topics. His work continues to be published in September, an article discussing the “optimal preservation of the shark retina for ultra-structural analysis.”

“He was a very private guy… [but] a great co-worker,” Wellman said.


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