Born on December 11, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, Tom Hayden became known as a radical anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s. He married actress Jane Fonda, and served a combined 18 years in the California State Assembly and State Senate. After his political career, Hayden wrote for major publications and advance his ideals for social reform as director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center. He died on October 23, 2016.
Thomas Emmet Hayden was born to parents John and Genevieve on December 11, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan. He continued to live with his mom after his parents divorced when he was 10, although he remained close to his dad through regular fishing expeditions and trips to sporting events. Hayden began thinking about a career as a foreign correspondent while a student at Dondero High School, but became more interested in social reform after enrolling at the University of Michigan.
Later Years & Death
Having already published several books, including his 1988 autobiography, Reunion: A Memoir, Hayden focused more on writing in the new millennium with regular contributions to such publications as The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Nation. He also became the director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California, through which he continued to share liberal ideas, support social and environmental and animal welfare causes, and speak out against wars for the remainder of his life. In 2015, he published Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters.
After a lengthy illness, Hayden died on October 23, 2016 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 76.
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