Pamela Vickers Haley

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident Pamela Haley will be held Sunday, Sept. 20th at 5:30 p.m. in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago quadrangle, 1025 E. 58th St. She died with serenity and grace July 21st. Her death from adeno carcinoma followed 6 months hospice administered at home by her devoted husband Samuel R. Guard.

Pamela Vickers Haley
Pamela Vickers Haley
Haley came to Chicago from Newton, Kansas in 1951 to attend the liberal arts Hutchins-plan college at University of Chicago, remained for graduate degrees from the school of Social Service Administration, and became a Board Certified Diplomate in psychiatric social work.

Early on, she was interested in women’s health and societal issues, as well as the emerging field of caring for the elderly. She founded and chaired the Institutional Review Board for Erie Senior Health Center; served on the task force of Metropolitan Chicago Coalition on Aging. She taught classes at Roosevelt University in the Psychology of Gender. She was a clinician in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department of University of Chicago Hospital for 12 years and a research associate at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare for 14 years where she was a participating member of their Institutional Ethics Committee.

From 1970 to her retirement she maintained a small private practice downtown in the Monadnock building.

At age 77 she began piano lessons in order to set for herself goals with discernible outcomes. In Hyde Park she was a steadfast gardener, Garden Fair volunteer, and a joyful dog-walker who cherished her Nichols-knoll interactions. An ardent book reader she subscribed to the New Yorker for 60 consecutive years, kept most of the copies, and lamented the loss of Saturday Review of Literature.

Haley is survived by a husband, four step-children and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to our local charitable organization dedicated to assisting the elderly: Chicago Hyde Park Village, Lauren Alspaugh Executive Director, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637. Haley was a charter member.