We have just received word that Ann Hayes, the wife and then widow of our departed
friend and colleague, Frederick O'Reilly Hayes, has passed on. She leaves those of us
fortunate enough to have known her with our good memories of her.
When John Lindsay asked Fred to come to New York to head the Budget Bureau,
Ann reluctantly agreed to leave Arlington, Virginia, where she had built a career of
community activism and had given birth to the Hayes' three children, Sara, Christopher
My wife, Hanna, and I had the great pleasure of knowing Ann and Fred as they traveled
from the nation's capital to New York and then to Lexington before they retired in Utica,
Fred's home town. Ann and Hanna were both genealogists and used to enjoy sharing tales
of searching for their ancestors.
I will remember Ann as a gracious lady of great strength, considerable courage and an
ironic sense of humor. I will miss her good cheer and charm.