Vice Admiral Hayward of Newport served 70 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring in 1995. As a World War II naval aviator, he helped develop one of the two atomic bombs that was dropped on Japan in the closing days of the war. Later, he was a pioneer in the development of nuclear propulsion, nuclear weapons, guidance systems for ground- and air-launched rockets, and underwater anti-submarine weapons.
A New York native, Hayward initially trained at the Naval Station Newport. The Chaplain, Father John J. Brady, was instrumental in furthering Hayward’s naval career. Father Brady arranged for Hayward to study at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Norfolk, Virginia. Hayward was one of nineteen students admitted to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1926. His long naval career saw him become an accomplished aviator, an expert on special weapons, and a major ship Commander and educator.
After a distinguished military career, Hayward retired from active duty in 1968. He became President of the Naval War College in Newport from 1966 to 1968, and is credited with improving the facilities to state-of-the-art status. As president, he strove to transform the Naval War College into the Navy’s premier postgraduate school, one from which graduation would fit officers for, and mark them out as future flag officers. Hayward was awarded a second Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his service as president of Naval War College.
Following his presidency, Hayward distinguished himself both as a naval officer and in busineHayward went on to work for General Dynamics, the Draper Laboratory and the Hertz Foundation. He became an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow in 1998,[and was inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor in 2004. Hayward died of cancer in May 1999 in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.