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1932 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
ROBERT H. HAYES Obituary
Robert H. Hayes, 81, Mission Hills, Kan., died peacefully at home February 20, 2014. Bob was born April 9, 1932, in Peoria, Ill., the youngest of four children of Harry H. and Margaret (Lackland) Hayes. He attended grade and high school in LaGrange, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1954. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and was chapter president his senior year. Bob attended Illinois on an NROTC scholarship and served as an officer in the United States Navy for four years. He was attached to the USS Carpelloti, a destroyer escort, based in Little Creek, Va. He was then assigned to teach Naval Science at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. While at Nebraska he earned his MBA. He began his consulting career with the Armour Research Foundation, a unit of Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1962, he formed Robert H. Hayes & Associates, Management Consultants. Under his leadership as President and Chief Executive Officer, the firm grew into national prominence with U.S. offices in Dallas and Chicago, and with the acquisition of the William E. Hill firm, New York City. The firm had affiliate partners throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa. The practice served many Fortune 500 companies and prominent colleges and universities. In 1986, Hayes/Hill was acquired by Towers Perrin, now Towers Watson. During his Chicago years, Bob was active in Republican politics. He was President of the University of Illinois Business School Alumnae. He was an Adjunct Professor of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology Business School. He held numerous directorships in national corporations. Bob was a founding director of the Institute of Management Consultants, the certifying professional organization of management consultants. He served as a director of the Association of Consulting Management Engineers, the international association of management consulting firms. He also served The Boys & Girls Clubs for many years as a National Trustee, and as Chairperson of the National Pension Committee. Bob and his wife of 59 years, Jo, retired to Kansas City from Chicago in 1989. Bob actively volunteered his consulting expertise to non-profits for 20 years through the Executive Service Corps. He was active with the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland and served six years on the United Cerebral Palsy Board, including two years as Chairman. He belonged to Village Presbyterian Church. One of his greatest joys was time spent on his boat, cruising the waters of Lake Michigan. He truly cherished his time in Door County, Wis., as a child and later as a homeowner. Bob kept beautiful logs of Jo and his worldwide travels, and researched and wrote an extensive survey of his genealogy. The family loved his birthday and Christmas poems each year. One Christmas, the girls gave their dad a framed unattributed quote: "A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but always a guiding light whose love shows us the way." This was Bob as a parent. Bob had an innate sense of fair play and was a loyal and true friend to all who knew him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Worthy and her husband Kirk Perucca of Prairie Village, Kan., and Meg Duggan and her husband Jerry of Kansas City, Mo., three grandchildren, Paige and Holly Worthy, both of Chicago, and Christopher Duggan of Kansas City, and sister, Joanne Harlan of Kaycee, Wyo. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister and brother. The family is grateful to Kansas City Hospice and Comfort Keepers who helped Bob through the last months of his life. In accordance with Bob's wishes, services will be private and there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Bob's memory to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, 6301 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, or a . Arr.: Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, Prairie Village, (913) 383-9888. C
Published in Kansas City Star from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014
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