Benjamin Vanderford Haywood ’51

Benjamin Vanderford Haywood ’51 died on June 21, 2007, in Lighthouse Point, Fla.

Born on July 15, 1929, in Salem, Mass., he prepared for college at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1951, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict in 1952-53 and remained in the Marine Corps Reserve forces until 1968. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and practiced in the trust department of the First National Bank of Miami. In 1960, he opened his own law practice in the Pompano Beach area, where he practiced for nearly 40 years. In 1962, he moved to Lighthouse Point and was appointed municipal judge, a position he held for more than 10 years until the municipal court system became a politically elected system of full-time county judges and he chose to continue his private law practice. In 1975, he bought a sailboat, Big Daddy, a 48-foot gaff- rig ketch, which he and friends rebuilt and renamed Vivid. He and his family and friends enjoyed sailing throughout the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, as well as day sailing. He was married in 1954 to Elizabeth Nicholson, who survives him, as do two daughters, Anne Daniels of the Netherlands and Carolyn McGuire of Lighthouse Point; his sister, Priscilla Haywood Bevins of Marblehead, Mass.; and a grandson.