Alex Hayden ’89

Aaron Alexander Hayden (Alex), 50, of Seattle, was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

Alex was born and raised in Athens, Ga. He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., and spent his junior year abroad in Wurzburg, Germany.

After two years teaching English with the JET program in Toyama, Japan, he settled in New York City and began his career as a photographer. After several years in New York, he and his wife Susan decided to make their home in Seattle.

Alex loved his job as a commercial photographer. His career took him all over the country for architectural and interiors photo shoots. He thrived on the creative challenges of photography and the opportunity to work with different collaborators on each project.

Alex enjoyed year-round bicycling, playing and watching soccer and exploring new music (while remaining loyal to The Clash). But most of all, Alex was devoted to his wife Susan and children, Charlie,16, and Clara,14.

In addition to his wife and children, Alex is survived by his mother, Elaine Lawson Kalber, Hickory, N.C.; his stepmother, Ellen Hayden, New York, N.Y.; sisters, Stephanie Hayden Belcher, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jennifer Hayden Adolph, Virginia Beach, Va.; and multiple extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Steven (Buddy) Hayden.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Avenue E., Seattle, Washington. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Bikeworks ( or Cascade Bicycle Club ( in Alex’s name.

Published on from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2018