Ganus memoir tells of an extraordinary life

The family of Clifton L. Ganus Jr. has released I’d Do It All Again, a memoir written by the former president and chancellor of Harding recounting adventures and experiences from his life.

Ganus was known by many as a leader, supporter and representative of the University. His life also involved travels to 117 countries, four 700-mile Mississippi River trips in a small boat, conversations with world leaders, annual fishing trips to Alaska, lecturing in universities internationally, representing the church of Christ to foreign governments, climbing the Great Pyramid, establishing a Christian school in Uganda, and much more. 

“He was devoted to his faith, to his wife and family, and to Harding University, the school that helped to shape him and that he in turn helped to shape as its president,” said Cliff Ganus III.  “His life was transformed when he came to Harding as a student in 1939 and then again when he came in 1946 as a teacher. He discovered a passion that he didn’t know he was going to have and was influenced by many who convicted him of what it meant to be a Christian.”

In 2016, at the age of 94 and at the request of his family and friends, Ganus began drafting his book, using notes he had collected throughout his life. He continued to compile, write, travel and maintain a full schedule until May of 2019, when he developed a serious illness. He died Sept. 9, 2019.  

“For those who knew him the book is a reminder of the joy and commitment that characterized him,” said Ganus III. “For those who did not know him, this is an introduction to a man who was committed to God, family and service, told with a dash of adventure and humor in his own words — an ordinary accounting of an extraordinary life.”

I’d Do It All Again can be purchased for the discounted price of $24.95 in the Harding University Bookstore and online at All proceeds from the sale of the book, after expenses, will go to the Clifton L. and Louise Ganus Endowed Scholarship fund. For more
information or to purchase, visit library.har­

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