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Haywood, Hubert Benbury, Sr.

by Linda Mackie Griggs, 1988

30 Dec. 1883–20 Aug. 1961

Photograph of Hubert Benbury Haywood, Senior, from the 1905 Yackety Yack. Image from the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillHubert Benbury Haywood, Sr., physician, who practiced largely in Raleigh, was a member of a distinguished family of medical practitioners. His great-uncle Fabius Julius Haywood, his grandfather Edmund Burke Haywood, his father Hubert Haywood, and his son Hubert Benbury Haywood, Jr., were all eminent physicians in Raleigh. The son of Hubert and Emily Benbury Haywood, he received his early education in the public schools and at the Raleigh Male Academy. He was graduated from The University of North Carolina in 1905 and four years later received the M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Haywood continued his studies with postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1914 and 1923. In 1948 The University of North Carolina awarded him the honorary LL.D. degree. As a student he had been editor of the Yackety Yack and the Carolina Magazine. He was a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece and, in 1934, president of the General Alumni Association.

Haywood's medical career spanned nearly fifty years. He served as physician for North Carolina State College (1915–20), medical director at St. Mary's College (1924–52) and Peace College (1921–57), and physician and medical director of the North Carolina State School for the Blind (1922–52). He was a member of the board of directors and medical director of the State Capital Life Insurance Company (1938–56). He also taught for a time at the Wake Forest College Medical School.

During World War II, Haywood was commissioned in 1943 as a senior surgeon with the U.S. Public Health Service. For his work as chairman of the Procurement and Assignment Service for Physicians of the State of North Carolina, he received a presidential citation from Harry S Truman.

Haywood was active in a number of professional organizations and served many of them as an officer. They included the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians (Fellow), the North Carolina Medical Society (president), Subcommittee of the North Carolina Medical Society on the Foundation of a Four-Year Medical School at Chapel Hill (chairman), North Carolina State Board of Health (vice-president), Medical Advisory Board of North Carolina Mental Hospitals (chairman), Wake County Medical Society (president), Raleigh Academy of Medicine (president), and Hospital Care Association of Durham (director). In addition, he was president of the staff at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Although he retired from active practice about 1953, Haywood continued his association with the State Capital Life Insurance Company. A lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church, Raleigh, he served as vestryman and senior warden at different times. In retirement, he worked in his rose garden, enjoyed sketching, and researched his family's history. He was the author of Sketch of the Haywood Family in North Carolina, published in 1956.

In October 1915 Haywood married Marguerite Lynn Manor of Harrisonburg, Va., and they became the parents of Hubert Benbury, Jr., and Shirley Benbury, who married Thomas W. Alexander, Jr.


Clipping file (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill).

Daniel L. Grant, Alumni History of the University of North Carolina (1924).

Hubert B. Haywood, Sr., Sketch of the Haywood Family in North Carolina (1956).

Jesse A. Helms, Stateline, 22 Aug. 1961.

North Carolina Biography 4 (1919).

William S. Powell, ed., North Carolina Lives (1962).

Additional Resources:

North Carolina State Board of Health. "Tribute Of Esteem, Love And Affection To Dr. Hubert Benbury Haywood, B.Ph., M.D., L.L.D." Thirty-sixth biennial report of the North Carolina State Board of Health. Raleigh [N.C.]: State Board of Health. 1956. 36. (accessed January 16, 2013).

"Herbert Banbury Haywood, Jr. [sic]" Connor, R. D. W. History of North Carolina. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. 1919 207-208. (accessed January 18, 2013).

National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Haywood, Dr. Hubert Benbury, House. By Beth P. Thomas. 1995. (accessed January 16, 2013).

Image Credits:

"Haywood, Hubert Benbury." Yackety Yack. [Chapel Hill, N.C.]: Fraternities and Literary Societies of University of North Carolina. 1905. 23. (accessed January 16, 2013).

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