Statement on the passing of Judge Steve Hayes

Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson released the following statement regarding the passing of Judge Steve Hayes on Saturday, May 28, 2022.


The Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation mourn the passing of a loyal friend and supporter, Steve Hayes.

The only child of Anne and Woody Hayes, he earned an undergraduate degree in international studies and a law degree from Ohio State. Judge Hayes devoted his legal career to public service, sitting on the bench as a highly respected Franklin County Municipal Court Judge for 25 years.

We are grateful for his support for two outstanding academic programs. Judge Hayes established the Anne Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence in our College of Social Work.

The Hayes family and friends endowed The Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Judge Hayes was inspired by his parents’ belief in “paying forward” in his career, his service to the community and his dedication to Ohio State. We offer condolences to his family.