Dr. Joseph L. Hayes, emergency-room physician

Dr. Joseph L. Hayes
Dr. Joseph L. Hayes
Posted: April 11, 2012

Dr. Joseph L. Hayes, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, an emergency-room physician, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, April 6, at home.

After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1961, Dr. Hayes completed an internship at Cherry Hill Hospital. He then had a general medicine practice in Havertown. In 1969, he became an emergency-room physician at Tri-County Hospital, now Springfield Hospital.

Dr. Hayes helped train many students, interns, and residents, his children said. "He was renowned for his patience, kind treatment of others and lighthearted wit," they wrote in a tribute.

He retired from the emergency room in 1992 but remained on the Springfield Hospital staff.

Dr. Hayes grew up in Havertown. He was awarded a scholarship to St. Joseph's Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1946. Three years later, he earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University. While in college, he served in the Navy Reserve as a pharmacy technician and sailed to Nova Scotia aboard the aircraft carrier Midway.

He earned a master's degree in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania and attended Penn's Wharton School before being drafted into the Army. From 1954 to 1956, he was a biological sciences assistant at Fort Detrick, Md.

After his discharge, he worked briefly for his father's real estate business in Havertown until enrolling in medical school.

Since 1971, he was married to Felicia Gilhool Hayes, to whom he was introduced by her brother, William, a physician.

Dr. Hayes and his wife traveled in Europe, Canada, and the United States and spent time with their family at the Jersey Shore. He was a talented photographer and sketch artist and a boat, train, and car enthusiast. He loved driving twisting back roads in a zippy little car and before his death owned a Mini Cooper, his daughter, Felicia, said.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Dr. Hayes is survived by sons James and John.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Kevin's Church, 200 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to PCOM Foundation Scholarship Fund, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 4180 City Ave., Philadelphia 19131.


Contact Sally A. Downey at sallydowney@gmail.com.

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