Douglas Hayden (1953-2023)
DOUGLAS HAYDEN of Cambridge, MA died on June 2, 2023 at the age of 69. Born in Vermont and raised in New Hampshire, Doug was a resident of the Cambridgeport neighborhood of Cambridge for over four decades. He possessed many talents. A self-taught carpenter, he earned a living for over fifteen years renovating and building houses. He also earned a BA (UMASS/Boston), an MA (Boston University), and, in his 50’s, a PhD (Boston University), all in mathematics, and worked for over twenty-five years as a biostatistician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doug’s passionate commitment to social justice, as well as his love of folk music, reflected his upbringing at an alternative Quaker boarding school in rural New Hampshire. For many years Doug worked with local peace groups, volunteered at Food For Free, and helped immigrants learn basic math skills at the Cambridge Community Learning Center. Doug also took up songwriting in his 40’s, and continued to dedicate many of his songs to loved ones. Doug was a deep thinker and generous soul who was warm, gentle, charming, and witty. One of his favorite pastimes was sharing lively conversation (sprinkled throughout with puns) over a delicious meal–often cooked by him. He was never too busy to greet someone on the street with a kind word—be it a good friend, an acquaintance, or a person in need. He was a steadfast and loving partner to his wife Joan and a nurturing and devoted father to his daughter Kailah.
Doug is predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Joel Hayden. He leaves behind his wife, Joan Karp, of Cambridge; his daughter and daughter-in-law, Kailah & Kerrie Carden of Baltimore, MD; his two grandchildren; his brother, David, of Brattleboro, VT; his sister, Rebecca, and brother-in-law Scott Ruescher of Cambridge; and his stepmother, Patricia Hayden of Farmington, ME.
Donations may be made in his name to the Cambridge Community Learning Center or Food For Free. A memorial service in Doug’s memory will be held in September.
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