Joel Hayden Jr.
- Published: March 27, 2014
Joel Babcock Hayden Jr., who taught history and Russian at Antioch College in the mid-1950s, died Saturday, March 22, at Orchard Park Rehabilitation & Living Center in Farmington, Maine. He was 92.
A native of Cleveland, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College before going on to get a Ph.D. in history, with a specialization in Russia, from Harvard University. He later received a master of music degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
From 1944 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He married Ruth Fogel in 1949. She died in January 1979. He then married Patricia M. Park (Burton), who survives him.
Joel began his teaching career in Missouri in 1951. He came to Antioch in 1954, moving to New Hampshire in 1957. He eventually ended up as a professor of music at the University of Maine in Farmington, where he retired as professor emeritus in 1993.
His chief avocation and great love was musical composition, which he pursued his entire life.
In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by his son David Hayden, of Brattleboro, Vt.; his son Douglas Hayden, of Cambridge, Mass.; his daughter, Rebecca Hayden, also of Cambridge; his stepson Thomas Park, of Sanford, Maine; his stepson James Park of Phoenix, Ariz.; a grandson; and four step-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Old South First Congregational Church in Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joel’s memory to Old South First Congregational Church, 227 Main St., Farmington, ME 04938. Condolences may be sent to www.adamsmcfarlane.com.