In Memoriam

Dr. Larry Ellsworth Hayes


Larry Ellsworth Hayes was born and raised in Kansas. Larry attended McPherson High School where he was a decorated Eagle Scout, athlete, and biology enthusiast.  Larry earned a BS in chemistry and biology from McPherson College and went on to complete a Medical Degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Hayes interned in Portland, Oregon and served as a doctor in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam War.  Larry completed a four-year Surgery Residency at Swedish Hospital, Seattle. It was during this time that he became interested in working with children and decided to specialize in pediatric surgery and participated in a Pediatric Surgical Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit.

Dr. Hayes practiced Pediatric Surgery in San Jose, California for nearly thirty years. He had a tremendous career exemplified by his consecutive terms as President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Hayes was certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Surgery. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Surgical Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Larry loved traveling, scuba diving, sailing, piloting airplanes, cooking, watching sporting events, and talking politics. He retired in 1994, and spent much of his time in Costa Rica. Larry had moved to Thailand where he lived for a year before he passed away. He is survived by his mother, sister, children, many grandchildren, and nephews.