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Phillip Hay
Apr 18th, 2018, 10:33am
 
I'm sorry to share the news that Phil Hay, whom many will remember with affection as a brilliant reporter on the Today Programme, has died, at home in Virginia. He had pancreatic cancer. Phil's obituary in the Washington Post follows here. There is a condolences page on the same site.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=phillip-hay&pid=...

HAY PHILLIP JEREMY HAY On April 9, 2018, Phillip Jeremy Hay, 62, a New Zealand native and 20-year resident of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side after 19 months of treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer. He was the loving husband of Anne Cronin for 25 years, and the doting father of Madeline, Charlotte and Isabel Hay. Phil was a unique, funny, incredibly kind, and intelligent man who lit up a room with his infectious smile and radio-smooth voice. He inspired everyone around him to be themselves and will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives he touched. Phil was born on April 24, 1955, in Stratford, New Zealand and attended school in Hastings, New Zealand. He went on to study at Victoria University of Wellington, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in International Politics. He began his journalism career reporting in New Zealand on politics and international affairs. He went on to work as a Foreign Correspondent and Editor for the British Broadcasting Company. His passion for international affairs then led him to a 22-year career with the World Bank Group, starting in 1996. At the Bank, he enjoyed speech writing, public speaking, and working on education, health, and other human development efforts with a standout group of colleagues from across the globe. His greatest joys included spending time with his wife and daughters, walking his goldendoodle Molly through the neighborhood, gardening, reading, and listening to music. Along with his wife and daughters, Phil is survived by his brothers, Mark and Jeff Hay, and his sisters, Susan Bilbie, Lisa Purchas, Jude Hay, Kristin Karavias and Jane Hay. He is also survived by dozens of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws. A Celebration of Life is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at The Westin Arlington Gateway (Ballston). The family will also hold a private memorial service. Donations may be made in Phillip Hay's name to any of the following non-profit foundations: Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic at midatlantic.wish.org, The Hope for Henry Foundation https://hopeforhenry.org/donate-and-help/ or Team Isiah Foundation at www.teamisiahfoundation.org.Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic at midatlantic.wish.org, The Hope for Henry Foundation https://hopeforhenry.org/donate-and-help/ or Team Isiah Foundation at www.teamisiahfoundation.org.
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 13, 2018
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Re: Phillip Hay
Reply #1 - Apr 19th, 2018, 7:32am
 
The Guardian has published this obituary, written by Jonathan Freedland:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/18/phil-hay-obituary


My friend Phil Hay, who has died of cancer aged 62, was a distinguished broadcast journalist and respected communications official with the World Bank. With a gift for laughter and a talent for friendship, he found his calling in communication.

One of 11 children of Bernard, a schoolteacher, and Joanna, he was born in Stratford, New Zealand, a small town on the country’s north island. A degree in history and international politics from Victoria University of Wellington made journalism seem the obvious career choice. Phil’s start came at Radio New Zealand, as a producer and then editor on Morning Report, covering subjects from domestic politics to nuclear proliferation. Later he would listen back and laugh at his earlier self, grilling Wellington politicians as if they were responsible for the course of world events. But that interest in international affairs propelled him in the mid-80s to London and the BBC.

He was a much-admired reporter for the Today programme, blessed with a mellifluous voice, eventually becoming the BBC’s correspondent in San Francisco. He moved in 1994 to Washington, where he was the founding producer of American Graffiti, a weekly magazine show for BBC Radio 5 Live that showcased both Phil’s uncanny ability to get people to talk and his eye for an amusing tale. Long day-night sessions spent making that programme frequently ended in howling laughter.

But his passion for global affairs soon saw him embark on a second career in international development at the World Bank, which he joined in 1996. Phil was involved in speechwriting, and communications across a number of areas – including education and health – and across the globe. He exuded individuality, originality and unconventionality in both his personality and work.

Phil cared deeply about the cause of development and brought energy and expertise to all that he did. Walking the corridors of the World Bank’s headquarters with him was inevitably punctuated by exchanged greetings, jokes and hugs from a seemingly endless line of people. He could also command an audience, moving hundreds of World Bank employees from laughter to solemnity in a moment, when introducing a film on Sudanese refugees.

But his greatest joy was reserved for family – his wife, Anne (nee Cronin), and daughters, Maddy, Charlotte and Isabel. Phil would talk lovingly about spending time with them at home in Arlington, Virginia; how his girls were faring at college and school; and the joys of two and a half decades of married life.

Phil was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016. He understood the seriousness of his illness, but never lost his curiosity or humour, continuing to fire off emails, recommending a new book or an old song. He will be remembered with love by countless friends and colleagues who benefited from knowing a man of generosity, warmth and great wisdom.

He is survived by Anne and their daughters, and by seven of his siblings – his brothers, Mark and Jeff, and sisters, Susan, Lisa, Jude, Kristin and Jane.
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Reply #2 - Apr 24th, 2018, 2:43pm
 
In January 1992 - before Phil and Anne left on their great US adventure - Phil sold me a lithograph which he'd bought on one of his South American reporting trips. I see it everyday. We worked together in the BBC Journalist Training Department where he was a highly valued colleague.
What seems to have been omitted from other obituaries was his profound knowledge and concern about the spread of HIV - AIDS; a consequence of a brother (I think) having died of AIDS.
We occasionally exchanged news; I was very fond of him.
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