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Robert Richard Hays, 93, of Leonardtown died May 24, 2012, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
Born June 11, 1918, in Norristown, Pa., he was the son of the late Dana McGowan Hays and Grace Catherine (Stickles) Hays.
He lived in Wilkinsburg, Pa., where he attended Carnegie-Mellon University and performed graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, MIT and USC. He was a member of two honorary professional societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sigma Delta, a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and was a charter member of the Society of Federal Artists and Designers, serving twice as president. He won several prizes for his drawings, watercolors, ceramics and wood and jewelry crafts. He also received numerous achievement awards and was noted for his advanced drawings of ships. For many years, he drew house plans for friends as well as his own homes.
He was a retired analyst, audio-visual, communication expert for the Navy Department, where he worked for 29 years, and co-chairman/executive secretary of Panel 5, Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (COSATI) for the White House.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve V-7 Program and served 4˝ years as a naval officer, including assignments with research and standards in Washington, D.C.; medical research at submarine base in New London, Conn., and served four years (military and as a civilian) on the staff of the National War College in Washington, D.C.
He continued his career as a program analyst with the progress analysis group, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), for 13 years, initiating several Navy-wide programs affecting CNO planning and Navy relations with industry, professional groups and nonprofit organizations. During this period he drew the artist concepts of the first nuclear-powered ships, such as the Enterprise, aircraft carrier, CVA(N) 59, the cruiser, Long Beach CA(N) and numerous other Naval ships to be presented before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Many of these drawings appeared as the first artist concepts to be published in Janes’ Fighting Ships, 1959-60.
His activities concerning congressional hearings on Navy programs and special overseas assignments for CNO continued until 1963, when he served as assistant research coordinator for the Navy’s Scientific and Technical Information Program (STINFO) in the Office of Naval Research. He served as editor of the Navy Technical Forum and Navy’s STINFO newsletter from 1964-1969.
In December 1965, he was designated the Navy focal point for Navy’s STINO programs. During the five-year assignment, he also served as the first executive secretary on the Management of Technical Information, Panel Five, the Committee on Scientific and Technical Information (COSATI) for the White House.
After two years with Material Command Headquarters, he retired in 1972, ending 29 years of government service.
He is survived by a daughter, Sally Jeane Huff of Leonardtown; a son, Garold Robert Hays (Margaret) of Frederick; a grandson, Sean Carrol Hays of Oveide, Fla.; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend of 30 years, Carol Wathen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jeane (Yoakam) Hays.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A graveside service will be held June 1 at 1:30 p.m. at Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650.