Long-time Kenai Peninsula College psychology professor and local Democratic Party activist Marge Hays died Sunday. She was 84.
Word spread quickly online and among friends Sunday night that Hays had passed away.
Tributes and memories came in from around the country. One friend posted early Monday morning from Indiana, praising Hays for her positive, cheerful outlook, and credited her for helping him get hired as counselor, and later launching him on a “second career” in teaching.
Another post said Hays would be “sorely missed” in all the capacities in which she filled vital roles in the community. It ended with the poster lamenting a missed opportunity to say hello recently.
Hays was born in 1933 and graduated from high school in Panama in 1951. She studied sociology at Sterling College and counseling at Miami University and Walden University. Hays began teaching psychology at KPC in 1979, retiring in 2000.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh Hays, who she married in 1956.