Many of you are aware that Mr. Walter Hayhow was battling cancer. His battle began in 2007, shortly after his retirement in 2006.
Walter passed away peacefully the morning of Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
His presence and smiles are missed in the labs, offices, Hardy Tower hallways, and around the SDSU campus.
Walter Hayhow Fund
Walter will be remembered and admired by many colleagues and students for his cleverness and amazing ability to find or make a critical reagent or a special tool to help a laboratory student struggling to complete an experiment. The Walter Hayhow Fund for laboratory student support has been established in Walter's honor to further his goal of ensuring that students have lab reagents and supplies that are critical for completion of their thesis research.
Charitable, tax-deductible contributions, payable to "Campanile Foundation" may be sent to:
SDSU Graduate School of Public Health
c/o the Walter Hayhow Fund
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4162
Hi Walter - Just a note to let you know I'm thinking about you and your family. Hope this is a good day. I really miss our "time for a joke or trivia" moments. In honor of those humorous - relieve the pressure times, here's one...
Change a letter in each of the following words to make them all relate to each other in a specific way.
FIERCE, FOLK, RAFT, WORD, MUSH
Answer - If you change the first letter of each word you get the name of an American president.
PIERCE, POLK, TAFT, FORD, BUSH
Probably too easy for you!
In the 21 years I have known you, you have always smile, always calm, and always willing to help others. You are perhaps the most approachable person I know.
Those who missed the opportunity to get to know you at a personal level truly missed a lot. Most are not even aware what a brilliant mind you have. Not only you attended both Medical School and Engineering School but you are also well read. Since your retirement, I missed our regular conversation on many topics. I enjoyed our talks in the many diverse subjects such as Evolution, Religion, Ethics, Ecology, Conservation, Politics, Planetary Science, Geology, Entomology, and Technology. You introduced me to many great books and authors. I also want to thank you for the many articles you shared with me from the 'Science' magazine. They are not easy reading but the breakthrough science articles are well worth the time spent. Over the years I have learned so much from you and I'm truly greatful for that.
It is heart breaking to hear about the challenges that are facing you now. Even during this difficult time you still managed to remain rational. I don't know how you do that. Thank you for all the helping hand that you had given me over the years. Most importantly thank you for your knowledge and friendship. Wish you, Mimi, and your extended family well.
colleague and friend
CHHS Dean's Office
Walter - I know you wore many hats in the GSPH and accomplished a great deal. But I think your good nature is what everyone immediately thinks of when they speak of you. You made SDSU a better, more enjoyable place!
being Acting Director in '96 and 7 really sucked, but you are one of the people who made it survivable and kept me from needing psychotherapy...your attitude was always what you show above in your photo on this web page, enjoying and knowing life at the same time. I didn't ever have much to ask of you, but when I did it it was always responded to quickly and competently. I have met few people like you in all of my days.
We shared in life's journey only briefly but enough time for me to understand why you are so admired. Your sense of humor is engaging (dry with a twist of lemon) and the sparkle in your eyes always made me smile. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms.
Hugs and kisses,
You are simply one of my most fond memories surrounding San Diego State and the Graduate School of Public Health.
I love you buddy.............. You're special.
just thinking of you, as always.
miss our chats and especially updates of your beautiful family and pics of your granddaughters that lite up your eyes when you spoke of them.
you truly are a special person that has touched so many lives with your gentle personality; always a hello, smile, and positive outlook of life, whenever and where ever you saw people. I am blessed to have had you as a colleague and now as a friend.
You know how much I miss having you around the GSPH. You should be gratified that no one as yet can do your job! My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Graduate School of Public Health
I have fond memories of you and I trying to impart science/health knowledge to students in the GSPH in the 80's. Actually, as I remember it, you were better at it than I was!!! I always enjoyed being in the laboratory with you.
When I left San Diego I wished that I could take you with me, but I knew that New York didn't have much that would attract you. I have never been associated with a colleague who had the dedication to students that you have.
I have also discovered that your interest in the really important things in life, family, friends, etc. are what our time on this planet is really about.
San Diego State University benefited greatly from the time you spent at the GSPH. Thank you!
College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma
Your absence was keenly felt when you retired, not just because you were great at your job, but because you approached it with enthusiasm, caring, and an infectious smile. The days around here are a little dimmer without you to brighten them.
Wherever life's journey takes you, know that we, your friends, are keeping you forever in our thoughts and prayers.
I'm so glad that they set up this site for you! What a great way for us to send you a virtual card. It's, like, something YOU would have thought of! (Did you?)
Here's one of my favorite quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
It makes me think of you!
Just wanted to send you a hug and wish you a good day and all my best!
Everyone else has said it so well that I can just echo the feelings of appreciation for your cheerful attitude and willingness to help that never seem to falter. I hope that you are cheered by the thoughts and prayers of the many you've touched. Thanks for all your help over the years!
Hi, Walter! You are missed and loved at GSPH and thought of often. Thanks for all you did around here and for sharing your amazing problem-solving skills with all of us. I hope you are feeling better each day. Wishing you and your family our thoughts and blessings.
I also wanted to send my warmest wishes and prayers to you. From day one, you always had kind hellos and smiles for me that were very much appreciated over the years.
Thinking of you now, and sending lots and lots of positive energy your way...!
I believe when you retired someone said something about how friendly you always were and I thought how very true that was.
You were always helpful to me -- I was a doctoral student and had so many questions over the years. It seemed like I could always count on you for help. Later I taught in the lab and seemed to be buzzing around both the labs with one or another thing that needed taking care of. You were patient, kind, and knowledgeable in a self-effacing way. You were always smiling, always a gentleman.
Anyway, when I look back on my recent years at SDSU in the GSPH, you bring back good memories.
Sorry to hear of this new challenge - will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers, wishing you wellness and ease.
Your helpful spirit is missed on campus, but I think of you fondly, and hope you are finding ways to enjoy each day of your life.
May you be buoyed by the lifetime of friends you've made, and know that your presence made a difference for so many of us.
Support and healing,
That DZ Akins Reuben Special you requested with pastrami and swiss on rye are on the way! How many pickles? Some fattening pastries?
Will be in touch again soon:-)
Take good care of yourself and best also to Mimi and Reid.
Walter, you were one of the best hires that I made, you were and still are worth your weight in Gold! Hang tuff, buddy! Scutch
Hi Walter, Thank you for all your help duing my lab days at SDSU/GSPH ('99). Thank you for ensuring that we made the most of our education by always making sure that the lab was properly prepared. Learning preparedness training vicariously through you has helped me tremendously in my career. And you did all this with kindness and smiles - I will always remember your smile. You are a truly wonderful man and I wish you the strength to get through these difficult times. I will be praying for you and your family. Please know that you are loved and respected. MAHALO from the bottom of my heart. :)
Hi Walter: THANK YOU. Your cheerful nature always gave the lab a “non-lab” feeling. You instilled a level of confidence that help us all to develop positive attitudes about ourselves and the work we were attempting. You have been a major influence in my life right up to that thesis defense, and beyond. I wish you the very best. Raymond Corral (’99)
This is just one more battle, and I am sure you will win it. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share four years with an honorable gentlemen like you, I always felt safe knowing that you were there, my prayers are with you and your family. Take care
Hi Walter - Just to let you know that I am thinking about you. You were such a delight to work with. Always met the needs that the Dean's Office asked of you, which were many. Best of luck with your next chapter of life. I wish I would have had the chance to work with you more before you retired.
One of the things that made my time as as graduate student much easier was your calm, efficient and helpful advice. Trying to juggle school, career and life, this meant an awful lot to me. Thanks again and I do wish you the very best.
I am very grateful to have met you, Walter. You are an amazing person. I vividly recall the day when I first saw your office. The room was detailed and decorated with such a care. The room had so many stories. You have so many stories. We, the SDSU graduates, have countless stories about you and the laboratories you cared for. So, thank you for being there for us.
My days at the GSPH seemed brief and at times I felt somewhat lost in the GSPH kitchen (labs). You were always a great resource for me in locating lab materials, instruction on using equipment, etc. Thank you for your guidance in the past. I hope for strength and peace for you and your family during difficult times.
Having lived in the lab nights and weekends from 1990 - 1992, you greased the skids. Your laboratory competence and knowledge of machines and instruments was truly amazing. Nothing ever seemed to frustrate you. You are a man of unlimited patience. I was relieved again to know I’d be working with you on teaching the IH course/lab in ‘06. I wish you a speedy and easy recovery.
You were the best at what you did. We were all lucky to have you with us at the GSPH!
Best to you always,
The University of Montana
Since I was not an IH student I did not work very much with you in the lab. However you always seemed to be there for me when I had a computer related problem. After I graduated and taught the ergonomics class for GSPH you were still there to help me with my computer related questions. I loved our chats and I always enjoyed hearing about your grandkids.
I am so sorry to hear about your current battle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you good health.
Dear Walter, You are simply the best human being God ever fashioned -- generous, kind, caring, genuine, and always good-natured. What can we do for you please?? Dale & I wish that we could give back to you what you have given to us -- your care, humor, sparkling wit, your uncommon integrity. Will you grant us our wish? You make hard days so much easier, because you empathize with everybody's trials & you always turned our lemons into the most magnificent lemonade!
Please allow us the honor of giving back to you in some way -- kindest regards to Mimi & we hope to see you soon. Dale & I both love you very much -- with all our respect & admiration for the goodness that you have bestowed upon everybody that you have ever met. Sincerely,
Don't know if you still remember me, I went to the lab to study a lot in my first semester here, which was also the last semester you worked here.
I often think about you in the last year after you retired. Something seems to be missing in the hallway in Hardy Tower. I miss you a lot!
I am sorry to hear about the new challenge in your life. I sincerely give you all my best wishes and prayers from the bottom of my heart.
I am gradating this in May. I am sure you will be glad to hear that!
Hi Walter! I'm working for County DEH Hazmat now! Sometimes I wish I was back in the lab though. I had SO much fun there. I have fond memories of how you were so amazingly helpful, encouraging and cheerful!
Much luck and good thoughts!
Thank you for all your support while taking all those "awful" lab courses. I think they should have been held at the beach. I don't know how we would have done without all your help. My thoughts are with you Walter.
Toxicology former student
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
You are one of my fondest memories of my time in the GSPH (Grad 2005). You always had a big smile and courteous patient manner as you introduced me to the "Smart" Classroom technology and assisted me in the GSPH computer lab. I enjoyed our thoughtful conversations so much. It was great seeing you again at the 25th anniversary celebration last spring.
This semester is my first one as PT faculty for the undergraduate PH program. It truly wasn't the same without your kind help in assisting me in becoming used to the newest Smart classroom technology this semester.
So many pearls of wisdom you have shared with us... along with your terrific attitude, constant helpfulness and kindness and yes, so often a ton of giggles with your trivia quizzes, puns and other word play!
Here's one for you: Tom and his younger sister were fighting. Their mother was tired of the fighting, and decided to punish them by making them stand on the same piece of newspaper in such a way that they couldn't touch each other. How did she accomplish this?
Knowing you, you already got it!
Well, their mother slid a newspaper under a door, Tom standing on one side and his sister standing on the other.
Did I get you? :
As a "returning student" I was sometimes the last student to "get it." Sometimes I felt discouraged about my abilities, but when I came to you for help, you were always patient and gave me a word of encouragement! It meant a lot to me. I miss your sweet smile and your music.
I will keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. You helped me many times while I was a grad student and never once did you get frustrated at me for not knowing what I was doing. You are a very special person, with an enormous heart. Take care of you!
God bless you!
Thank you for all your help and informative discussions during the toxicology labs! I will keep you in my prayers. Best wishes!
|Anonymous GSPH Student|
I too remember you fondly from the times I spent at the lab. Know that you have support and prayers from many people across the country. I hope that will help you on your road to recovery.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Strength and determination are key to beating cancer. Know that you are well-loved and well-liked and everyone is pulling for you, so you are not alone in your battle.
Keep your chin up and keep smiling.
Some of my best memories of the GSPH include you, I certainly couldn't have finished without you (especially when it came to the ICP-MS). Though words cannot begin to express my appreciation and gratefulness to you, I can only say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
I was a beneficiary of your years of service with GSPH with you making life much easier during my time there as a student. I thank you.
Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
|Carey Tucker, PA-C, MPH|
Clinic For Digestive Diseases, Sun City, AZ
Your display of kindness was comforting each time I requested your assistance. Thank you.
I hope each day is filled with joy, happiness and laughter.
Thank you for being so kind to me from the first day I meet you to the last day of your retirement. Even if you couldn't help me with some of Epi questions, you sure did try your best. Don't worry, you'll beat this!
|Another Epi Student|
I am so sorry to hear your current challenge, but given the optimistic attitude which you have always displayed when dealing adversity, I can think of no one who is better equiped to "meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same..." to quote one of my favorite phrases ever that deals with facing adversity.
I truly wish for you and your family the best possible outcome.
Instruction Technology Services, retired
I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you and hope that you and am wishing good thoughts for you and your family.
When I brought in pictures, movies, and information in strange electronic formats, I often couldn't figure out how to get the classroom technology to show these presentations. But you always cheerfully and skillfully found a way to project them, so the students never missed anything I brought. Without your calm competence, I could not have done my work as well.
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
My Dearest Walter!!!
I wish there were more people such as your self, ready to help and make sure everything is okay. Thanks for making my three years at SDSU a wonderful place to learn. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Few people perform their job with a smile on their face...you succeeded to do so every moment. I thank you for always having a welcoming demeanor and never hesitating to provide assistance.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
I hope you get well soon and can enjoy your retirement like you deserve to.
We have such fond memories of you and remember and appreciate all the help you gave us during our years in grad school. We wish you the best and always keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Always enjoyed your presence and help in our classes. You are an impressive scientist and great person. You are in my thoughts and prayers. The best of wishes to you and yours.
Thank you so much for your help while I was in the MPH program ('02-'04). I still remember your uplifting support and genuine smile.
To be honest, I am too battling with cancer since last year although I am only 28 -- I was dignosed with one of the rarest types of cancer and am now getting a treatment in Boston. My wishes are with you. I know the treatment can be tough at times but you will get through it just fine. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.
I still remember the days when I with my classmates used the computer lab. You were always there and helped us. I will be praying that you will get well soon.
I am deeply saddened by the news. "Cancer", that word sends chills and a wrenching twist to my gut. It's a terrible word. All too familiar to me.
Walter, I want you to know that you touched my life for the better. You were a kind and familiar face, always a smile, and a cheerful word eager to help everyone. I looked forward to seeing you and would often climb the stairs to the computer lab just to see who was in the lab and say "hi" to someone that would always say "hi" back. I miss seeing you on campus! This world need more kind big hearted people like you! Thank you for touching my life and making moments of my graduate experience better.
I was quite sad when I found out you were retiring, but happy for you at the same time that you would finally have more time to do the other things you love. It is therefore sobering to hear about your recent diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and I deeply hope all will be all right. Take good care of yourself and be well. You were a real treasure in the department!
There was so much eager anticipation of your arrival in 1986 (my first year as a student at GSPH)...so much hope that everything would be wonderfully improved in the lab. Then you arrived and we all were delighted as you eagerly attended our classes, asked a zillion relevant questions and learned what every single GSPH student needed to know (not what a single student would need to know to graduate...but what every single student for the next two decades would need, regardless of his or her specialty!).
Back then it was clear you would be a success in technical lab management. The notes posted this week are clear testimony to your success in many more important ways, too. Thank you!
|Whitney [Fay] Long|
The last time we spoke, you were planning for your retirement. Before I realized it, you had already retired and I never got to say thanks for all of the help that you gave to me in getting my thesis work done. Without your support and just being available to ask questions, I probably would still be in the lab today.
I am still a bit embarrassed about flooding the downstairs lab from the upstairs lab, but looking back it is a little funny (only because luckily there was no major damage).
A bunch of my former classmates have talked and we are all pulling for you.
You daily emanated a delightful, helpful, and encouraging spirit in the computer labs. Take heart with courage and we all stand behind you during this challenging time. You will be in my prayers.
Thinking of you and wishing you the best. I suspect that with a joke and a smile you are still making the most of each day.
Just to let you know my news after my struggle with cancer 10 years ago -- I am working in public health in Nicaragua helping with cervical cancer prevention and hospital equipment support.
Take special care of yourself the way you always took care of us,
colleague and former student, Sue Howe, MPH
GSPH and College of Sciences
I could not have gone through those first days of teaching without you. You were always ready to help and with a smile. Thank you so very much.
You are in my prayers.
Walter-you are one of the finest people I have ever met. I admire, and have always admired, many things about you, including your being consistently positive, ethical, and in tune with environmental issues and nature at all levels. You are also genuinely kind...Thank you for brightening up so many of our days and lives...my thoughts and prayers will always include you. Warm regards,
Dear Walt: I have you in my thoughts and prayers, even though I haven't seen you lately. You are special.
Walter, the Chemical Engineer, the armchair philosopher and fan of Albert Einstein, the only Engineer I know of that is able to fix computer problems by just walking by the computer i.e. by your mere presence!
My computer and I miss that presence.
Walter, my belief as you know in regard to cancer is that anything that goes amiss inside the body can be healed. I'm sticking with that in my thoughts, hopes and wishes for you. Many blessings with love and healing light. Florencia
I am so surprised by this news and want to let you know I am thinking about you and hoping you bounce back from this quickly. You are such a wonderful man, and don't know anyone who went the extra mile for us students in our desperate moments more than you did!! You are dearly missed on campus and am wishing you all the best in the journey ahead.
When I read the amazing array of letters posted, I wish I could have checked off all of the above categories: friend, plus colleague, former student, current student, et al. I realize that our brief encounters were all too brief and that I am the worse off for not having worked with and known you better over the past few years. You certainly tolerated the conversations about WWU that engaged Mimi and I so often.
I know that you are approaching the current problems with a rational, calm demeanor which is an inspiration to all of the rest of us, and you have led a life that deserves our grateful thanks.
I hope each day that I will hear that you are beating the odds; you deserve it.
Love to you both.
I have no doubt that you can fight this tough battle and get your health back.
Your positive attitude and wonderful personality can overcome anything.
You were an asset to all of us, without you we all felt lost. You were a great friend and colleague and we hope to have you back…
Thank you for all that you have done for the faculty, staff and, especially, the students of GSPH. I greatly admire your standards of ethics, sense of personal responsibility, and integrity. We miss you here every single day in so many different ways, but mostly because of just who you are as a person and colleague. Best wishes to you, Walter.
I'm so sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. You have helped me so much when I was trying to work and go to school for my MPH-Epi degree at the same time, that I cannot thank you enough for everything. Remember how I used to beg you for a few more labtime minutes so that I can work on SAS/SPSS? You were gracious enough to always give in to my requests, even if it meant that you'd miss your bus, and get home late.
When I heard that you retired, I felt bad that I didn't have a chance to tell you how much I appreciated all your hard work and assistance thru all my yrs in GSPH. Thanks Walter! May God always be with you and take good care of you, so you won't be in so much pain. I'll pray for you too!
I ticked the above category "friend'. I hope to be that as long as possible. Hope we can get together often,Walt.
Your kind demeanor and helpful smiles were missed when you retired. Wishing you the best.
Hi Walter, miss you in the GSPH, the place will never quite be the same without having you there. Please know that we are all thinking of you, we probably shouldn't have "let" you retire! Very best wishes, Steve.
Always enjoyed your smile and your humor and always appreciated your assistance and advise when our techs were not around.
I see your smile shinning through this.
Hey Walt and Mimi! You guys rock!!! I think of you both daily and pray for you whenever God brings you to mind! We love you and are pulling for both of you! Big hugs!
Your Washington friend,
I just want you to know that I will take care of Mimi and be a good friend to her. I enjoy talking with you and seeing that sweet twinkle in your eyes every now and then.
Thanks for your light in the world.
I didn't know you had retired. I will be retiring at the end of this year as well. I always enjoyed running into you on campus as you were always so bright and cheerfull. I know this up-beat attitude will help with the challenges currently confronting you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prays.
Hey there, Walter! While I was glad to get news of you, I am sorry that news includes the "Big C" for you. Surely you could have chosen a better hobby for your retirement? I want you to know you're not alone. I am a survivor of three different kinds of cancer: End-stage T-cell lymphoma (1983)--er, so much for "end-stage", eh?; Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (1984); and Breast Cancer (2003). I've been through surgeries (the sharp end of the stick), chemo (chemo-coladas), and radiation (gettin' a buzz outa life); all I can say is, "I feel your pain". Don't give up hope. Most importantly, don't lose your sense of humor-where did I put that thing? If ever you just want to chat with someone who has "been there" call me! Hugs! 619.594.109
That number is: 619.594.1093, Walter! Take good care of you.
How do you address an issue like this about someone you really like & would want to know for about a hundred more years. As is I am envious of those of you who have had the opportunity to be in his company more than I. As a Bro-in-law, living in another local I at best only got to know Walter through some emails & a few visits. What I do know about Walter is that he is human, like us all & has his human side, makes mistakes; but is kind, forgiving, intelligent, considerate & always striving to learn more & passionate about sharing the info. If miracles can happen, then this would be the time for a good one! See you sometime, Walter, either here or 'there'.
I also wanted to add a thank you for putting up this site for everyone.
ALWAYS the best wishes. May your life be a pleasant walk beside beautiful rivers and singing birds.
I am happy for this opportunity to let you know what an impression your life has made on me. Although we didn't work closely together, I can never recall a time when you weren't smiling. You were always there to help. You have a way of handling emergencies with ease just like they're a routine task. What a pleasure it was to interact with you from time to time in Hepner Hall. Thank you for all your help!
I am a Christian, and although this isn't a pleasant time for you, be assured that God will never, no never, leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down. (Heb. 13:5)
God bless you.
It's nice to read all the lovely things people have to say about you, Walt. I read somewhere that the value of a life can be measured not only by how one loves, but by how much one is loved by others. It's obvious your life has had great value. You're always in my thoughts.
Walt- Wishing you comfort and beautiful days ahead.
It has been a pleasure knowing you. A positive attitude, kindness and wit all wrapped up in the same package. That's you. It has been wonderful counting you and Mimi among my friends. Sincerely,
Walt, since you and I have been friends for the last 5 years we have enjoyed dinner, bon-fires and playing Scrabble and Scattgories. It is my pleasure spending time with you and Mimi. Regardless who wins at Scrabble or Scattgories, I enjoy your company when playing games or eating dinner together because you brought to the table wit, smarts and a lucky player. My thoughts and wishes are with you at this difficult time in your life. Keep your chin up and keep your fondest of memories cemented in your mind and body. I consider you as life's greatest treasure in friendship. A handshake and hugs to you.
Walt:you are one of the kindnest and nicest people I know. You have touched my life in so many ways. Not only are you and Mimi my favorite people to play games with and share a meal, I have the best conversations with you while we are waiting for our turn. You discuss "things" with me for which we have no real answers and make me ponder things in different ways. It has been great having you pop into Benjamin so often these 4 years. Mere words cannot express what I feel in my heart for you and Mimi. Wherever life takes you, a part of you will always remain with me. Love and friendship,
I am so happy to have known you Walter. From the very first day I drove down 150 miles from Victorville to pick up the SAS program package with my family, you welcomed us with a warm smile. When I think about my years at SDSU my first thought is no doubt you. I especially remember the many hours weighing out chemicals in the back of the upstairs lab; the many times you stopped by to just say hello and share some great stories. Your intelligence, kindness, warmth and sincerity will never be forgotten.
Now that you're retired, I will miss seeing your friendly face at the window up here on the 4th floor of the Life Sciences building.
My very best wishes to you and those around you - everyone here at the Biology Department is thinking of you.
Hi Walt, I'm sorry to here of your illness and hope you can lick it. I miss being able to call you up with a request for a favor. And your positive outlook too.
My best to you.
I'm glad we got to meet again a while back after all those years I have been out of GSPH. I hope for the best with your treatment; my prayers are with you.
Thanks again for your help with my thesis; I think of everyone at GSPH that helped when I take the book off the shelf and dust it off.
Your Friend - Nic
I was one of your middle aged students who didn't know a lick about computers or stats when I started the program. No matter how clueless my questions, you always had a patient and informative answer. You probably intuited how much you were "the rock" that kept some of the student body from panicking! Thanks to getting through the program, I was able to start a new career at 50, really an unexpected and intriguing twist in my life.
Some people are natural Buddhas. I think you are one of them. May peace, equanimity, and the subtle joys of each day support you and your family at this time.
With gratitude and affection,
Dear Walter. Greetings from South Africa. When I look back at GSPH, I have many memories, but those days and nights in the computer lab are some of the fondest. Your measured and consistent support for students and their (often repeated) questions about statistical software was precious. You are and will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
I am was so happy to hear about your retirement, but I am saddened to hear that you are ill. I always appreciated your warm smile and your friendly hello whenever our paths crossed on campus. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I will remember how knowing you enhanced my experience at SDSU. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time.
|Vicki Schimmeyer |
GSPH - Epidemiology
I know that I am not alone when I say I never would have finished my thesis project without you. I'll never forget your positive attitude, tireless dedication, and friendship that was extended to everyone in the GSPH. Peace be with you and your family,
Wanted to send a note when you retired to tell you how much you would be missed. I also wanted to thank you for your assistance in conducting GSPH Lab tours each summer for all the high school students during that >10-year stretch of annual summer internships. Good luck. JIC
Walter, you read that right GSPH. I am now an adjunct faculty. See what happens when you leave the joint, OEH fall to pieces and the let riff-raff like me in. I have many positive memories hanging out with you in the wet and computer labs; talking about school, your grandkids and life. It was certainly odd being on campus this spring and you not being around. If you are up to it I would love to hear from you and I will fill you in on all the details of this conspiracy. I wish you and your family the best.
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project and Graduate School of Public Health
I want to thank you for all of your help in the lab during my time in the GSPH and for always being such a supportive mentor, I can't tell you how incredibly important that was to me.
Your positive encouragement, smiles, and thirst for learning have always inspired me. I have enjoyed many interesting discussions with you, thank you for always taking the time to share your knowledge and experiences... I miss getting to talk with you!
I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and I wish you and your family all of the best.
I'm very sorry to hear about the recent news. A mutual friend sent me word. I want to send you a brief note to let you know that I'm thinking about you and your family and that I will pray for your well being and speedy recovery. I have always remember you after graduating from GSPH because of your gentleness, kindness, and helpfulness toward everyone that you've touched. The smile at the top of this website is so fitting because that is how I have remembered you. A lot of hugs, smiles, and kisses are sent your way as evident from this board from all those who know and love you, me included. Please get well and I look forward to a chance to speak to you soon.
I miss all the fond memories we had in the office. I could still remember right before 8am you'd stop by and make sure I was ok and and then we start talking about our weekends then about work. Remember the GSPH website, the electronic course evals, my computer and projector problems/errands, you were always there to assist! Oh, not to forget the storage room too! You've always been very helpful not just to me, but to everybody. Your caring and sincere attitude is such a positive influence. I want to thank you for your kind invitation after I had the surgery. You and Mimi were very thoughtful of getting us altogether at your house. I wish that you may overcome what you are going through.
With love and prayers,
I echo all the great things people have said about you, but I really want to emphasize how you helped me (us) get through those tough four hour I.H. lab sessions! You were a joy to learn from ad work with. Best of luck to you, Walter, and be strong!
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Thank goodness we retired together! I cannot count the number of times you "saved me" and my computer. It just would not be the same without you at the GSPH. I talked to Rofiee the other day, and he told me what a nice visit he had with you. Perhaps, I could stop by and visit sometime, if that isn't too much of an imposition. As I get older I realize more and more how fragile life is, and how often it is so unfair. I'm sure you are facing this challenge with the same grace and calm that you approached all of the other challenges of your life. Hope that poinsettia you planted is still doing well. Take care, and I will talk to you again soon.
I have many fond memories of life in Hardy Tower, the friends that were made and the IH knowledge that was shared but perhaps what I remember most of my time at SDSU was your dedication to us and the program. Since my graduation in 1998, I have since relocated to NC but have not forgotten all that I learned from you and Dr. Samimi. You really made a positive impression on me with your devotion to us, work ethic and all that you tirelessly gave. Thank you and I wish you well.
Hi, Walter! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help in the computer lab & your friendliness in the hallways while I was a student at GSPH (1998-2000). I was a frequent computer lab user, and you always made our lives easier. I wish the best for you! Know you have support from so many of us who YOU supported in getting through the MPH program!
Sorry to hear you are sick. As a colleague I have always admired your ability to remain a gentleman in the middle of conflict. The School of Public would never have flourished to the degree it has without your effort in the laboratories, in securing and defending the need for valuable equipment and most of all the mentoring of students. It was my pleasures having the opportunity to work with you. You are tops in my book. I will always remember you. Work hard at getting better. I'll keep you in my prayers.
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help in the laboratory. I miss talking to you about "magical" New Mexico. That is now one of the places that I am going to visit sometime in the near future. Well, I hope you are staying positive and know that there are many people praying for you. Thanks to your expertise and kindness, you helped make my time at SDSU a more positive experience.
I am happy to add my thoughts about you to the wonderful things that have already been said. In academia, we often talk about the co-curricular environment, i.e., all of the things that exist outside the classroom that contributes to the education of the whole student. Essentially, that means that the environment is the glue that holds the educational endeavor together. Walter, you are that glue for your school. In effect, you are simply a star in our CHHS firmament...and a SDSU treasure.
I can't think of anyone who has had more effect on student learning and their self-esteem.
I know that the challenges you and your family are facing are difficult ones. Please know that you are in out thoughts and hearts.
So many us think of you when remembering our Grad School days, and those thoughts remind us of your kindness and being so helpful. You really made our journeys a little more easier. Thanks for giving us the good memories.
Walter – I am so sorry that you are not well. It has occurred to me of late that when we reach that age, when there is more behind us than in front of us, that we can’t help but assess what we’ve done, what we’ve contributed. For you that should be easy. You were always, day after day, a bright spot on the campus, making our life easier, more fun, more interesting, more worthwhile. I know you touched all of us in this way. And, hundreds of students as well. The ripples from that reverberate forever, with each of the lives you have impacted made better and then passed on from them, to others. While, some come and go and nothing is changed, you came made us all better than we were before. Rich
I'm glad that folks took the trouble to find my email address. Walter, when I think of my time at SDSU, my fondest memories are about colleagues like yourself who made the School a stronger place because of their caring about the quality of student education and commitment to students. Your help in making my tasks easier was greatly appreciated. All your efforts provided the many people you interacted with each day brighter and positive making difficult situations manageable.
You and your family are in my thoughts. Warmest regards.
waltz!!! seems like yesterday the patients at Sehome Convelscent were calling 'waltz haynow!!'
You brought them so much joy! Even now, some 30 yrs later, I see you're still bringing joy to everything around you.
I wanted to wish you the very best in your
fight. I'm thinking of you and I'm sending joy your way!!
all our best,
kate, john and jeanette silvernale
Walter, I have known you longer than anyone else here! As your little sister, I want to thank you for being the BEST big brother ever. I want you to know that I have always looked up to you as a great example of a human being. From you I learned to love nature, creatures, the environment and to care for other people. Thank you for that. You have a wonderful loving wife, Mimi. Your son, Reid, and his family give you reason to be very proud. I love you very much and, yes, I will pray for you always.
You shaped my life in a way you never imagined, for in addition to admiring you as one of the finest people I've ever met, I envied you for the obvious love and respect you had for Mimi. I cherished that and wanted it for myself. Thanks to your example I had such high standards that my dating life sucked!
But eventually I found what I was looking for, a woman who was a self-contained unit in her own right. My own version of Mimi. And our life together here in the hills of Vermont is full of joy and reality of the sort I never expected to find in life.
Thank you for your friendship...and for your example.
Peter, Tamara and the goldens whose lives you've shared vicariously: Tadcaster, Barley, and Tuppence the Wonderbitch
We had a great journey together in college. We laughed a lot, did incredibly crazy things together, grew up together from boys to men, and shared the nights both our sons were born with each other.
We covered many miles together on foot, on bikes, on motorcyle, and our many walks to class together. Time and distance separated us physically, but you are often in my thoughts and memories. I remember our bus trips to Children's hospital together, "stolen" christmas trees, blowguns, pumpkin smashing from the stadium, all night bull sessions, but mostly laughing. You are a great, honorable, funny, intelligent person, and I will always consider you to be my best friend.
I send you my best wishes forever.
When I think of you after all these years I see a smile and hear your gentle laughter.
It seems that over the years many many others have been enriched by your keen intellect, touched by your many acts of kindness and grateful to have been able to bask in the warmth of your friendship.
You are and ever will be a part of our lives.
Keith and I send our love and smiles.
To you, Mimi, Reid and his family also
PS: Do you remember Mohican and the time Jody released the brake on my dad's car and it drifted backwards toward the gorge? Last year mother reminisced that you were as white as a sheet after the car was stopped by a tree. She was touched by your sensitivity. Keith doesn't remember this. Do you?
Knowing you has been a real joy and an inspiration for me during the last 6 or 7 years. You have a peacefulness of spirit that is contagious and I've been so happy to have it wash over me from time to time. I'll always remember how my inquisitiveness resulted in you grabbing a book and researching the answer, no matter what the topic. What a true and loving teacher, mentor and friend you are! It's hard to understand why things have to be so difficult for you now, but it's uplifting to see how you confront the situation with such dignity and strength. Walter, I have learned so much from you, as have so many others from what I am reading here on this website! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us. You're much loved!
I am writing to say hello and wish you well! You have such a wonderful way about you. You always make others feel welcome. Thank you for your gentle kindness and your thoughtful conversation. We still have to have our intellectual debate about the book "The Celestine Prophecy", remember? ;)! I wish for you health and comfort! Thank you for being such a special soul.
Just want you to know you are in my thoughts. Mimi is a special friend and has shared loving thoughts about you over the years.
With much regret and sadness, Walter Hayhow passed
away peacefully this morning, Tuesday, July 29, 2008, after his courageous battle with cancer.
The world had just lost the nicest person one could imagine. Rest in peace.
Dean's Office, CHHS
Rest in peace good man. You will be missed very, very much.
Our sympathy and comforting thoughts to Mimi, Reid and Walt's family. He is now at peace. A wonderful person which we will miss. As ever,
Walter and his family,
I am truly sorry, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. As I fight this illness everyday, it is very sad for me hear this news.
With deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts for Walter's family and close friends . . . his kindness, humor, and great warmth will be truly missed. Rest in peace.
Dear Mimi, Reid and family,
I'm so sorry. Walt was the gentlest of men. Mimi, I'm glad Keith had some time with you both.
Reid. It's been so many years. Keith told me what he could of you and your family. I know Walt was pleased for you and that your caring and presence must have meant so much to him.
My deepest sympathy.
I'm am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Walter. He was a wonderful, kind hearted man who loved his family and friends. I could have never made it through my first semester as a Master's student if it were not for Walter. My thoughts are with his family.
Upon receiving the news of the passing of this wonderful man, Tamara and I took a chilled bottle of champagne to a large boulder at the edge of our pond. Surrounded by our golden retrievers, who were uncharacteristically somber, we raised our flutes and toasted his memory and his special link to us as the trout splashed nearby.
Walter, who understood our fondness for bubbly, was surely smiling in appreciation. Good bye, old friend...
Walter was kind and selfless soul. Without him, myself and many other IH students would never have made it through our labs. His support, explanations, and patience were incredible.
Thank you Walter from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Mimi and family-I only found out about this site after hearing the sad news. I echo what many have said about his kindness, wit, intelligence. Sometimes we may not have a lot of time with a person but that time can still be life altering. I will remember his incredible ablitity to really listen and cut through to the essence, his calmness and honesty. A rare but truely authentic person. I will always cherish my last visit-sitting in the sun listening to the birds and talking with Walt. I am sorry I can't be there now for you Mimi. With Love. Linda
We will miss you deeply.I am so sorry that your granddaughters (Erin and Claire) and I will miss continuing to learning about the natural world and science from you. I loved watching you as you discussed with Claire the fascinating world of beetles. She wasn't yet convinced. She needed to be a bit older. Thank you for your caring, patience, love of teaching and enthusiasm for learning.
The sound of a cricket. Oh, my how perfect. Then the pictures . . . you snuggled with your dad. I remember you at the age.
I loved the pensive picture of Walt. Beneath his cheerful good-nature was that keen, thoughtful mind. That picture captures it so well.
When the song spoofing our attempts at immortality started . . . well . . . . I just followed along.
Then Thoreau. Perfect.
I know Walt would love this. I can hear his gentle laughter.
Love from an old friend,
Dear Mimi and Reid;
My sadness at Walter’s passing will soon be replaced by the lasting memory of kind and gentle spirit. We are all better for having worked with him and marveling at his dedication to our students. All the money in the world could not have purchased the love and caring that you have given Walter. No one could want a finer family that he has. May he rest in peace.
A cool guy, I liked his snapshots throughout his life, lived a full and amazing life rich with gentle connections to other human beings.
Department of Departments
Dear Mimi, Reid, Debbie, Claire and Erin,
I'm deeply saddened by the news of Walter's death. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Walt was a brilliant, kind, and generous soul who set an amazing example for all of us to champion human rights and environmental conservation.
I wish I could be in San Diego with you to offer my love and support. Please know that thoughts and prayers are being sent your way as you cope with Walter's death.
Reid, thank you for posting the beautiful video tribute to your dad. It brought tears, as you can imagine!
Dear Mimi and Reid, I'll always remember the first time I met Walt -- he was walking up to my house with Mimi just before Reid and Debbie's wedding day in 1992. Since then, I haven't had many occasions to see him, but every one was a wonderful one for me.
Walt's wit and intelligence were strong, but it's his smile and laugh I most clearly remember. They were both infectious. I'm sorry I can't see him again.
Reid and Mimi, you were more courageous than any of the rest of us can imagine in your care for Walt during these recent times. I'm sure Walt knew he was loved very much. My very best to you both.
Dear Mimi, Reid and other Hayhows,
The labs and halls of the GSPH feel more still this week than I can remember. But Walter's memory and good works will remain prominent here for a very very long time.
Those of us who worked with him over the years will be reminded of his tremendous organizational, technical, and teaching abilities wherever we go about our business here. Labels and instructional signs in his neat, clear hand. Countless student thesis copies expressing gratitude for his help and support.
I hope you already know how much Walter was appreciated here and by so many. Although sorry to see him retire, we clearly understood his priority to spend more time with family. Thank you for sharing him with us as long as you did.
As I read through all of the comments before Walter's death, I realized that I knew so little about Walter's life. We had wonderful conversations about the philosophy of science and yet I never knew he had children and grandchildren, that he had gone to school for both medicine and engineering, that he was a naturalist at heart...I could go on an on.
This has been a very painful reminder to me that our time on earth is short. No one is going to put your publications on your tombstone!
In Walter's honor, ask people you work with about their lives, tell the people you love that you adore them, stop and check out the beetle on the pavement, etc...etc...
Thank you Walter for everything you have done. You will truly be missed, but our fond memories of you will always remain in all our hearts.