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Key Founder of Southern California Chapter Dies at 83

Verne Hays, one of the founders of the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California, died in May. He was 83 years old.


In 1952 Hays helped establish the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California and was an active volunteer for 50 years. He participated in the annual golf tournament fundraiser and volunteered at summer camp. Hays was known for his warmth and sense of humor.


Hays was born in 1923 in Anaheim, California. He served in the US Navy in World War II. He had a BA and masters degrees in physical education from UCLA. Hays was a PE teacher and coach for 36 years in Burbank. He was an avid UCLA Bruins and LA Dodgers fan.


Hays and his wife Jean had six children—three daughters and three sons. Two of the boys had hemophilia.



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