Originally created 08/02/04

Dr. Jack Hayes, Ph.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga.- Dr. John T. (Jack) Hayes, beloved husband of Patricia Lynch-Hayes, entered into rest on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the Medical College of Georgia. A native of Worcestor, Mass., he attended Amherst College, Amherst Mass. for an undergraduate degree in biology. He went on to do graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY completing his PH.D. in 1968. He then came South to do a post-doctoral fellowship in Ecology with Dr. Gene Odum at the Ecology Lab at Savannah River Site. After completing the ecology fellowship, he began teaching at Paine College, where he quickly became known as a gifted and dedicated teacher. His professional career was marked by many accomplishments, but none were dearer to his heart than the multitudes of students who sought him out in later years to tell him what his influence and encouragement had meant to them. In tandem with his professional career as biologist/ecologist was a deep and pr ofound love for the outdoors. His many athletic interest also developed as part of his love for the outdoors. Besides hiking and mountain-climbing, he was a life-long sailor-never more joyful than at the helm of a sailboat. He started running track in junior-high and continued that through high school and college. He took up running road races in the mid-1970's, an activity he loved and continued throughout his life. Along with his own sports interests, his devotion to his children led to involvement in their sports activities-soccer, baseball and rowing - and they became his interests too. Besides being an accomplished scientist, he was also a life long musician. One cherished memory was singing in the premiere of "Frostiana" as Robert Frost was poet-in-residence at Amherst College. He sang with the Augusta Choral Society for a number of years, and more recently with the Augusta Collegium Musicum. He took enormous pride in his Scottish heritage, taking his children to various Scottis h Highland games and making sure they had copies of their genealogy. Trips to Ireland touched his very soul and deepened his connection to his Celtic roots. He was a devoted, long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta and was a member of the choir. A memorial service will be held later in August at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way, Augusta, Ga. 30909. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Lynch-Hayes; his son Jonathan Hayes and wife, Sadie, Lawrenceville, Ga.; his daughter, Dianne Doss, husband, Bill and grandchildren, Dan and Jenny, Woodstock, Ga.; his son, Robert Hayes, Atlanta, Ga. Also his sister Margery Miller, Worcester, Mass.; his sister Susan Hartman, Cumberland Center, Maine; his brother Bill Hayes, Cooperstown, N.Y. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Unitarian Church or to the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, Ga. 30907 (364-8484) Sign th e guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle August 2, 2004