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Family of Arthur Hull Hayes, Santa Clara University's First Rhodes Scholar, Donates $1 Million to SCU's Honors Program

Friday, Jun. 25, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 25, 2010 — The family of the late Arthur Hull Hayes Jr., Santa Clara University’s first Rhodes Scholar and a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has donated $1 million in Hayes’ name to fund scholarships and support for the University Honors Program.

Dr. Hayes was a 1955 philosophy major at SCU who went on to study medicine at Georgetown and Cornell after completing his Rhodes scholarship in Oxford. He was commissioner of the FDA during the early 1980s, a period marked by the Tylenol-tampering crisis and the controversial approval of the artificial sweetener aspartame. He oversaw the FDA at a time when policy and legislation was created for “orphan drugs,” or drugs that serve a specific disease and have a small market.

“Santa Clara has been proud for more than fifty years to call Dr. Hayes an alumnus and supporter of the University,” said University President Michael Engh, S.J. “We are grateful and honored that his family chose to continue his legacy of devotion with this generous gift.”

Dr. Hayes served as dean and provost of New York Medical College, and as president of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention. He received honorary degrees from St. John’s University and New York Medical College.

A nationally known professor of clinical pharmacology, Dr. Hayes, throughout his life, credited Santa Clara University with providing his foundation in learning and ethics.

“He always talked about doing something for Santa Clara after he died,” said his widow Barbara Hayes, who with her three children decided to make the gift after Dr. Hayes’ death Feb. 11, of complications from leukemia. “He valued the way Santa Clara taught him to think logically.”

A devout Catholic, Dr. Hayes was ordained a permanent deacon in 1978. He and Mrs. Hayes co-founded a medical clinic on the Pacific island of Pohnpe in 1972, which continued for several years as part of Jesuit Missions. Barbara Hayes received her nursing degree from Georgetown University, where she met her husband. She also has a master’s degree in maternal and child health from New York University. She retired 10 years ago from community teaching in Lamaze preparation and breastfeeding support for young mothers.

The couple raised three children and have eight grandchildren. Their son, attorney Arthur Hayes III lives in Westport, Conn. Daughter Kathy lives in Oxford, Conn., and teaches at Fairfield University School of Nursing. Daughter Lisa died in June from pancreatic cancer. She had lived in the Netherlands and worked as a communications specialist for Health Action International.

The majority of the gift, $700,000, will fund scholarships for honors-program students. Another $300,000 will be dedicated to operation and support for the program, which provides Santa Clara’s most able students with intellectual opportunities based in small, seminar-style classes. The seminars emphasize analytical rigor and effective expression, and promote interaction and exceptional collaboration among professors and students.

The Honors Program also provides support to those who apply for national and international scholarships such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Mitchell, Goldwater, and Marshall scholarships. In recent years, SCU students have been awarded the following scholarships: one Rhodes, one Mitchell, one Goldwater, and five Fulbrights.

“As SCU’s first Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Hayes set a superior standard for excellence at SCU,” said William Greenwalt, director of the University Honors Program. “This gift will help ensure that our finest students are exposed to the best the University and the world of academia have to offer.”

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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