Stephen Austin HAYES
January 2, 1953 – May 21, 2020
Stephen Austin Hayes, age 67, devoted husband and loving father, passed away from cancer in his West Palm Beach, Florida home on May 21, 2020. Stephen was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and was the third of four sons of Betty (Frost) and Webb C. Hayes III. Stephen attended The Landon School, graduated from The Lawrenceville School, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Stephen had a prolific 25 year career within executive search at DHR International, where he was seen as a trusted advisor to clients and colleagues, a strategic leader, and was an inaugural inductee to DHR's Hall of Fame.
Stephen was known for his quick witted sense of humor, selfless approach to his friends and family, and was considered a "one of a kind" person.
In 1977, Stephen married the love of his life, Theo (Tuomey), and their love created Stephen Austin Jr, Mark Douglas, and Theo Elizabeth Hayes.
Stephen was also the great-great grandson of the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, which he was very passionately involved in preserving and elevating the president's legacy. In addition to his career in search, Stephen was involved in several charitable and foundation activities, including the James M. Johnson Trust, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and Imagination Stage. Finally, Stephen was a passionate outdoors-man, sailor, athlete, and was always the life of the party.
He will be sorely missed. A celebration of life memorial and burial will occur at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, https://www.rbhayes.org/.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Stephen Austin HAYES
Bob von Pentz
June 4, 2020
So long Steve, was my pleasure to have known you through the years. My condolences to the family.
Mieke van Waveren
June 1, 2020
I first met Stephen through our mutual good friend Georgeann. He had a great sense of humor and insight into The character of various people. He always had a smile and mischievous look , at least to me, and he was thoughtful and kind with his friends. He and Theo created a beautiful home and family. I am truly sad this sweet man has moved on and send my deepest condolences . He is no doubt moving easily and in peace now 🙏🏻💐
Beverly Stoney Johnson
May 29, 2020
Dearest Theo, Austin, Mark and Liz,
Words don’t seem adequate to express the ache within our hearts. We treasure each shared memory. Love, Beverly & Joe
May 29, 2020
I was so saddened to learn of Steve's passing. I was with him several years ago on Thanksgiving at Cleveland Clinic after he had experienced his first health issue. I admired the strength he showed in his recovery. We served on the HPC Board for years which gave us the opportunity to work together and really get to know each other. Our childhood was filled with memories from classic family get togethers at Spiegel Grove, Hot Springs, Weekapaug and Scottsdale; and then of course the college years at Chapel Hill and Charlottesville. He was a great guy and so much fun to be with!
I will miss Steve.
May 26, 2020
To Webb and Jeff- I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I have many fond memories of all three Hayes boys at the SAE House in the early 70's, a lifetime ago. Unfortunately I lost my brother Sandy in Atlanta to non-Hogkins lymphoma in 2005 and miss him every day. Since that time I have been amazed at the resilience of his 2 daughters, Ali and Suzanne, who are married and have children. I am also amazed at the communication that still occurs between us as I hear him often. You may be blessed with this same "continued connection" as you go through life, and wonder what Steve would have done or said about this or that. I wish you the very best as you navigate this tough time in your lives.
May 25, 2020
We are sad to hear about my cousin Steve. Good memories from when I was young, and I was happy to catch up at my father's memorial service at Spiegel Grove.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Tim and Karin Hayes
May 24, 2020
Dear Theo , I am so sorry for your loss . You’ve been such a wonderful friend to me and my sister over the years and Thankyou so much for your kindness and love!
Prayers and thoughts go with you ! XOXO!!Ann
May 23, 2020
One summer day, I arrived with 2 boys in two boys in tow for a visit in DC. Theo and Stephen greeted us and the boys set off to enjoy the swimming pool and a steak and asparagus dinner he cooked on the grill for everyone. They loved it...we will always remember his smile. Shelby, Garrett, Logan and Jordan Rhyne
May 22, 2020
Dear Theo, Austin, Mark, and Liz,
I was so saddened to hear about Stephen’s passing. My heart is heavy with the news. Steve was such an inspiration to me as a leader, family member, and friend. I will always remember the light in his eyes and the quick smile that he shared with everybody. Steve will always be in my heart - I hope to make him proud and carry on his legacy at the Hayes Library and Museums. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jen McFarland Barrett
May 22, 2020
Dear Theo, Austin, Mark and Liz,
I was deeply saddened when I heard of Stephen's passing and my heart goes out to all of you.
Stephen and I spent a lot of time together growing up and I have such wonderful and happy memories of all that we did together. He was truly one of a kind- so funny, quick witted and energetic. I cherish my memories of our childhood.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
With much love,
May 21, 2020
It is with a very sad heart that I write to you tonight. I am so
sorry to hear about Stephen's passing. I am sending my
deepest thoughts of condolence, and love.
I wish we were not to far apart in distance, but my heart goes
out to you and your children from California.
I will always remember Stephen as the sweetest and most handsome gentleman in college! Miss you and love you,