Norman Maxwell Hayes

October 24, 1935October 14, 2020

Norman M. Hayes of Monroe, passed away October 14, 2020. He was born in Frankfort, Indiana to Charles and Catherine Hayes. Norm graduated with a BS from Indiana University, MS from Miami University and Xavier University and was an advanced graduate student at the Ohio State University and Columbia University. He brought a love of teaching and a willingness to listen and give straight advice to any who asked. His first career of 31 years was with the Middletown/Monroe Consolidated Schools, beginning as a teacher at Lemon-Monroe High School. He progressed through various administrative positions retiring as Superintendent of the Middletown City Schools. In retirement, he was an Adjunct Professor at Miami University and Wright State University, Interim President of the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce and eleven years as Executive Director of the Middletown Community Foundation where he established a large system of scholarships for Middletown area youth. Norm was an active member of many boards: Middletown Area YMCA, Middletown Area United Way, Middletown Job Opportunities, Middletown Symphony, Arts in Middletown, Middletown Chamber of Commerce, American Savings Bank, Middletown Community Foundation, Miami University Middletown, Monroe Historical Society and Warren County Literacy. A life-long educator, he volunteered 12 years at the Lebanon Correctional Institution as an instructor. He and his wife Pat often chaired community events such as AIM Gala, Charity Ball Committees, Middletown Bicentennial McGuire Sister Concert and Abilities First 40th Anniversary. In 1986 he was among 20 Superintendents from Ohio selected to visit and study China’s educational system. Always interested in history and realizing a need, in 1987 he wrote “A Brief History of the Middletown City School District” covering the years 1800 to 1987. Following Norm’s request, there will be no funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the Norman and Pat Hayes Scholarship Fund at the Middletown Community Foundation, 300 N. Main Street., Suite 300, Middletown, OH 45042; to the Norman and Pat Hayes Education Endowment Fund at the Atrium Medical Center Foundation, 1 Medical Center Drive, Middletown, OH 45005 or to DayCity Hospice, 8039 Washington Village Dr., Suite 110, Dayton, OH 45458. Please visit to share a memory or condolence.


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Sally Williamson

October 20, 2020

So many great memories working with this superb educator. He did so much for our schools and our community with Pat’s wonderful help and support. Thanks for all he did for me.

Lisa Taylor

October 19, 2020

My sympathies to the family and friends. My father, Ed Seamon had many fond memories of Mr. Hayes and lots of stories that they shared over the years. Rest in peace, Norman.

Douglas Boyd

October 19, 2020

Norm was a kind ,wonderful person and friend to many individuals and organizations in the Greater Middletown area. He was instrumental in helping Junior Achievement transition its programs from after school ones to in school part of the curriculum. This enabled us to reach so many more young people with our programs. He went on to support us financially in his capacity with the Middletown Community Foundation. He was highly respected and had a pleasant word for everyone, a true Middletown treasure.

Margaret Edwards

October 19, 2020

Norm Hayes was a mentor, boss, and friend. He welcomed me when I joined Central Office as a new administrator. He gave advice when needed and support when he sensed it was required. When I decided to work on my Ph.D, he made arrangements for me to go to school and continue to work. His support was a necessary factor in helping me complete my degree. He was one of the first people to congratulate me when I graduated with my doctorate. Thank you Norm for your kindness, support, and being a great boss. You will be missed.

Diane Ikenberry Kline

October 18, 2020

I remember Norman Hayes at Manchester Jr. High and at Middletown High. Thank-you for your many years of service to the young people of Middletown.

Terry Wills

October 18, 2020

Mr. Hayes was Superintendent of Middletown schools when I was a student in the system in the 60's. Back then, we had great schools with competent teachers and administration and many students went on to successful college achievements. Mr. Hayes did a wonderful job running the school district.

Thank you Mr. Hayes for your contributions to Middletown and the schools.


Connie Stubbs

October 17, 2020

Before Norm and Pat were married, Pat was the Religious Education Director at the First Baptist Church. Somehow Pat recruited Norm to chaperone the youth group's trip to Mexico. He was an incredible sport: road the buses, tolerated the antics and used humor to set limits as needed. He was awed right along with the kids by the experience.

No doubt others recognize that sense of curiosity and adventure that characterized him. The times we got to visit as adults were always a treat. I never knew in advance where the conversation would go, but the people of Middletown were often at the heart of his interests.

Rest in peace, Norman Hayes. The world is a better place because of your life.


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