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Philip D. "Phil" Hardberger was born in the west Texas town of Morton and graduated in 1955 from Baylor University. He received his law degree from Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. It was in that city that Hardberger's legal career took off, first as executive secretary of the Peace Corps and then as the assistant director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1968, he married Linda Morgan and after several years of practicing law in the private sector, he was appointed Associate Justice and then elected Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. Hardberger went on to serve as San Antonio's mayor from 2005-2009, a period that saw the birth of Haven for Hope, as well as a new commitment to parks and green spaces.