D HaysDr. Dan Hays, distinguished pediatric surgeon, scholar and father, passed away quietly at his home in Riverside California on April 7, 2016 at the age of 97. Dan was a pioneer in academic pediatric surgery and will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues and friends.
Dr. Hays was born in Reading Pennsylvania while his parents were visiting his mother’s childhood home. His childhood was spent in Riverside California where his father was the owner and editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, a respected daily paper. The paper was owned and operated by the Hays family from 1928 until 1997. In addition, the Hays family was the owner of the Glacier Park Transportation Company and Dan spent his summers living in East Glacier, MT between the ages of 8 and 21 years, ending in 1941. A childhood spent growing up amongst the writers, editors and reporters of the newspaper, along with the drivers of the red cars on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier park, likely led to his life-long curiosity, and extraordinary accomplishments as an academic pediatric surgeon. Read more