Herbert Donald Hays

1922 - 2008

Herbert Donald Hays, retired professor of geography at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, passed away on July 6, 2008 of natural causes at the age of 86. He was a native of Berea, Kentucky. Hays’ education was interrupted by World War II, serving his country as a military pilot. After the war he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and later did graduate work at the University of Michigan.

Hays took a faculty position in the Department of Geology and Geography where he taught geology, physical geography, microclimatology, urban and regional planning, and air photo interpretation. He collaborated on The Atlas of Alabama and traveled widely as a consultant in oil and gas exploration. Hays was an active member of the AAG and SEDAAG over his 36-year career. He played an important role in establishing the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He retired in 1986.

Herbert Donald Hays (Necrology). 2008. AAG Newsletter 43(7): 22.