James N. Hayward

James N. Hayward, MD
Member Since 1973
Date of Death: April 14, 2016

Died Monday, April 14, 2014, at home in Beaufort, NC. He was born April 1, 1928 in Medford MA. to the late Ernest and Esther Hayward. He is survived by a sister, Jane Cummings of Reading, MA. Dr. Hayward married Shirley M. Curtis of Gloucester, MA in 1952 who predeceased him after 38 years of marriage. He leaves three children: John C. Hayward (Patty), Novato, Ca., Jean C. Hayward MD (Jim) of Oakland Ca. and Linda F Hayward-Marx PhD (Ken), Gainesville, FL and six grandchildren. Jim married Virginia C. Tunney in 1994, she survives with seven children.

As an undergraduate at Tufts, Jim was an All-American in lacrosse and was active in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Dr. Hayward graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in 1950 and an M.D. with honors in 1954. He served with the U.S. Army of Occupation in Japan in 1946-1947 with an honorable discharge. After internship and residency at the Boston City hospital and University Hospitals of Cleveland (Western Reserve University), he completed a two year residency in neurology at the Harvard Neurological Unit of the Boston City Hospital. After three years of a NIH neurology research fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Jim served two years as a NIH research fellow in neuroendocrinology in the Dept. Of Anatomy of UCLASchool of Medicine in Los Angeles, Ca. From 1964-1976, Dr. Hayward studied the neuroendocrine system, progressing from research fellow to Professor of Anatomy and Medicine (Neurology) at UCLA.

During the 1970-1971 academic year, Jim served at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens Square, London and as a visiting research scientist at the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology , Karolinska Institute, Stockholm , Sweden. In 1976, Dr. Hayward was appointed as Professor and Chair of the new Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Neurologist in-Chief, UNC, Hospitals and Clinics. In 1979, he was named as the first H. Houston Merritt Distinguished Professor of Neurology at UNC. Dr. Hayward completed his 19 year tenure as Chair and Chief of Neurology in Chapel Hill as Professor Emeritus in 1995, with retirement to Beaufort , NC. Sport fishing and travel with his wife Virginia to over 55 countries and states occupied his retirement years. During his 40 year academic career Dr. Hayward published over 70 research papers, over 20 book chapters and over 90 abstracts. He was a member of many distinguished academic societies, academic and NIH committees, editorial boards, was principal investigator of research grants and supervisor of neurobiology graduate students and neurology residents.

He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the James N. and Shirley C. Hayward Neurology Fund through the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 880 MLK Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. A memorial service is being planned for the future and will be announced separately. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 20, 2014