Remembering our members

“Bud” Hayden was a devoted member who “made all the difference”

Calvin Earl “Bud” Hayden, a native of Jacksonville, died May 2, at age 72. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Branch Hayden. Bud was a devoted member of the Jacksonville Historical Society, and, in fact, provided a generous gift to the society in recent years that truly “made all the difference.” He served on the boards and as President of numerous area organizations, including, among others, Goodwill and the Rotary Club of North Jacksonville, where he was a member with over 40 years of service.

His passion for life extended even further to his love of antiques and collectible Lionel trains. Bud was a founding member of The Toy Train Collectors of Jacksonville. He cared deeply about Jacksonville and its people, and proudly held a perfect voting record in local, state, and national elections, once driving more than 200 miles to cast a ballot.

He was a graduate of West Riverside Elementary, John Gorrie Junior High, Robert E. Lee High, the University of Florida and University of Florida Law School. While attending law school, he served as a page for Congressman Charles E. Bennett, and after graduation clerked in Pensacola for The Honorable Judge Carroll. He returned to Jacksonville where he joined the law firm of Jennings, Watts, Clarke, Hamilton & Corrigan. Of his many legal accomplishments, the one most significant to him took place during his tenure with Smith & Hayden representing the heirs of the musical “Chicago” in a landmark royalties case with the American Play Company. At the time it was the largest royalties agreement ever negotiated.

Bud will be deeply missed. On behalf of the society’s Directors, our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife, Mary.

A scholar and visionary who left a rich legacy for the history community

A native of Jacksonville, Robert C. Broward, died June 28, at age 89. He was part of an old and well known Jacksonville family that included Florida legend, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward.

A longtime member of the Jacksonville Historical Society, Bob worked with the society in the publication of two books he authored. The Architecture of Henry John Klutho: The Prairie School in Jacksonville, is a masterwork of area architecture; the book also reveals Bob’s inimitable foresight to befriend the aging architect Henry Klutho. The other major work is, The Broward Family: From France to Florida, 1764-2011. His books, great treasures of North Florida history, are beautifully researched and written, presenting a bounty of North Florida stories.

After graduating from Landon High School in 1944, Bob piloted B-17’s in the Army
Air Corps before enrolling at Georgia Tech where he studied architecture. During his studies, he picked up a journal featuring the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, who espoused the philosophy of designing structures in harmony with the environment. Broward later studied under Wright, serving apprenticeships at Taliesin East and Taliesin West. Bob also worked on Wright’s largest complex at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Only a few of his noted local buildings include the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Art Museum and Koger Gallery of Oriental Art, the Sawgrass Deer Run Condominiums and the Sawgrass Racquet Club, Wesley Manor Retirement Village and his own riverfront home in St. Nicholas.

Bob was most generous to the Historical Society through the years. He leaves a resounding gift to people near and far with his extraordinary art and research— it is a profound legacy.