BORN on Nov. 28, 1922, in Lipa City, Batangas to the couple Jose and Rosario, Narding was brilliant in math, finishing his secondary schooling in just three years.
The youngest student to enter the UP College of Engineering at 15, Narding maintained a minimum grade point average of 1.50 and was granted the Hilarion Esquivel Memorial Scholarship grant for his fourth year.
Finishing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering course, cum laude, he placed third in the civil engineering board exams. He then became the dean of the UP Institute of Hygiene, which would eventually become the College of Public Health, teaching there as well.
He got a Master of Science in Sanitary Engineering at the University of North Carolina and a doctoral degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Finishing Master of Science in Mathematics with a thesis entitled "Some Geometrical Properties and Physical Applications in a Non-Euclidean Universe." He got another masteral degree in Radiation Physics at the University of Rochester in New York. He also got a Master of Science degree in Biology at the University of Rochester in 1961.
With a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship, he finished his masteral degree in sanitary engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Active with its school paper, he was assigned by his advisers and professors to interview Albert Einstein.
Naturally, Narding accepted the assignment without hesitation and got to meet one of the greatest geniuses of this century. He visited his home in 1947 and had Einstein to himself for a full hour and a half, talking about everything from politics to physics. He was 25 and was the first and only Filipino that Einstein had ever met in person. The first Filipino that Einstein got to talk to over the telephone was Carlos P. Romulo.
As a professional, Narding was a member of the National Science Development Board (NSDB), which was the predecessor of today's Department of Science and Technology. He was a director of the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers.
In 1968, he was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. as commissioner of the National Air & Water Pollution Control Commission.
Narding joined the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as assistant regional director and regional director from 1976-1983. He was a senior adviser on the environment at the Philippine Senate from 1987 to 1991.
He was president and director of the TEST consultants. He was also the corporate secretary, director and stockholder of the Asian Institute of Strategic Studies, Research Foundation Manila.
Narding was appointed chairman of the Board of Sanitary Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission from 1998 to 2002.
As the senior delegate of the Philippine delegation to the first United Nations conference on Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, he singlehandedly had the Philippines elected as chair of the committee on human settlements and environmental pollution control. For this significant effort, he was commended by the Philippine Senate.
Narding earned his fourth masteral degree at the National Defense College of the Philippines, making him a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, with a group thesis entitled "Implications of Establishing Diplomatic Relations with the USSR and the PRC (People's Republic of China)," a work which actually became one of the bases for the country's eventually establishing ties with these two countries in the late 1970s.
A senior regional adviser for the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, he eventually became deputy regional director, the director and regional representative. Afterward, he was a consultant to the National Home Mortgage and Finance Corp. where he developed mathematical and computer programs for calculating monthly amortizations.
Narding became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of National Resources.
He has received countless awards, including the Adriatico Centenary Award for Science and Technology, the Certificate of Merit Award for Career Government Civil Engineers, the 1984 award for Outstanding Sanitary Engineer by the Philippine Regulatory Commission, and the 1989 Achievement Award of the National Research Council of the Philippines. In 1969, he received a Presidential Citation for outstanding services to the nation.
A member of the elite Mensa International, he helped establish Mensa Philippines and was its lifetime honorary chairman.
A humble, low-profile unassuming person with a huge collection of accomplishments and achievements tucked under his belt and yet, outside his family, people didn't know Narding's accomplishments.
Narding was listed as a noteworthy engineer in the fields of environment, sanitation, civil works, consultancy, and a mathematician by Marquis Who's Who.
He was active with the National Integrated Protection Areas, the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers, the Philippine Association of Environmental Assessment Professionals, Toastmaster International, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
The Mensa Philippines Achievement Awards honor members who have produced outstanding achievements for the betterment of humanity. It embodies the founding spirit of Mensa, which is "Intelligence for Progress," and also embodies Narding's spirit.
Narding led a purpose-driven life. November 2022 marks his centennial.
He was my father.