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Hays Gorey 1921 ~ 2011 A dedicated father and husband, a happily partisan intellect, a prolific and highly-skilled journalist, and among the most generous people ever, Hays, who passed away on April 5, 2011 at age 89, will be sorely missed and always remembered. Hays Gorey was born on June 6, 1921 in Salt Lake City, the son of Andrew W. Gorey and the former Lou Hays. Hays found his niche in journalism at a young age, beginning in fifth grade. After writing a paper about a pet of his that had died, his teacher encouraged him to write for the school newspaper. He was a graduate of Bryant Junior High School and East High School becoming the editor of each school's newspaper. He continued his leadership role in journalism at the University of Utah, becoming editor of The Daily Utah Chronicle. Under his editorship, the paper was awarded the "All American Pacemaker" and the Rocky Mountain Inter-Collegiate Press Association Best Newspaper awards. At the U., he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the Beehive Honor Society, Skull and Bones, and Owl and Key. He also performed in several dramatic productions and, as a member of the University's varsity tennis team, he lettered in tennis. In 1945, at age 24, Hays became the city editor of The Salt Lake Tribune. He was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1949 to study journalism at Harvard University. After returning to Utah, he returned to the Tribune where he became the news editor in 1957. At about the same time, he became a stringer-correspondent for Time, Inc., filing stories for several publications - Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated - while continuing full-time with The Tribune. He earned an Eisenhower Fellowship in 1963 and traveled to Iran where he interacted with young leaders in journalism and government. In 1965, Hays accepted an offer to join Time's Washington Bureau as a correspondent. During his career with Time, his assignments included the presidential campaigns of 1968, 1972 and 1984. For many years, he was the magazine's national political correspondent. He also served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and Boston and as an editor in New York. Hays covered the Watergate affair for Time in the 1970s and was extensively involved in coverage of the 1968 presidential campaign, particularly that of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. From 1975 to 1993, he authored or co-authored five political books including one about consumer activist Ralph Nader. Hays served as chairman of several organizations while with Time, including the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Senate Periodical Press Gallery, and the House Periodical Press Gallery. He was also chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation. A graduate of the University of Utah, he was later named a distinguished alumnus and served as a member of the university's National Advisory Council. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Hays was a truly good and caring man. Hays married Nonie Hammond in 1944, and for the past 67 years, they have shared the ups and downs of life. They have loved and supported children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren together, traveled together, discussed politics--always canceling each other's votes in national elections, and created lifelong friendships. When Nonie was sick several years ago, Hays never left her side. It was a turning point for him, as he took on the role for the first time of caretaker for her. She recovered, and his last word, uttered in pain and possibly fear, was "Nonie." Dad imparted his sense of integrity to each of his children. He frequently reminded us to "question authority." He taught us, by example, to work hard. He also shared his downtime generously, from attending our extra-curricular activities and those of our children and grandchildren, to chasing waves at Rehoboth Beach, to playing tennis well into his eighties. He enjoyed teasing and engaging in good-natured bantering with friends and family. Hays is survived by his wife Nonie and their four children: Hays Jr. (Suzanne), Vienna, Virginia; DeAnn (Larry) Barrigar, Salt Lake City; Tom (Annette), Germantown, Maryland and Susan, Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren (Brooke, Erinn, Nonie, Matt, Shannon, Elisabeth, Kerry, Lara, Daniel) and ten great-grandchildren (Devinn, Will, Rubie, Donovan, Lucie, Ben, Anthony, Nonie, Owen, and Stella). He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Louise Harlin, and his granddaughter, Rose, all Salt Lake City. Friends may call: 10 a.m., Friday, April 8, Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. Service: 11 a.m., Friday, April 8, Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Scholarship Fund for the Daily Utah Chronicle at the University of Utah.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2011
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