Dr. Herbert Carlton Haywood

Obituary for Dr. Herbert Carlton Haywood

July 2, 1931 - October 12, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee | Age 89

Missed By Many


Herbert Carlton (Carl) Haywood, Sr. 1931-2020

Herbert Carlton (Carl) Haywood, 89, passed away on October 12, 2020 from cancer in Nashville, TN. Born July 2, 1931 in Taylor County, GA, Carl was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Rosebud, his sisters Ethelyn and Mervin; his brother Smith; and 2 nieces. He is survived by his children, Carlton (Lauren), Terry (Ellen Schnoll), Liz (Matt Mount), and Kristin (Asoka Diggs); his grandchildren Sam and Grant; and 8 nieces.

Carl married Nancy Patricia Roberts in 1951They were married for 19 years. Carl married Dona Tapp in 1993. They were married for 7 years and remained close friends until his death.

A 1948 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Carl grew up in Thomaston, GA. He then attended West Georgia College, now known as the University of West GA, in Carrollton, GA. After serving in the US Navy, Carl attended San Diego State College where he earned an AB and an MA in psychology. He continued his love of learning at the University of Illinois where he graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology.

Carl joined the George Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University, in 1962 where he remained until his retirement in 1993, after which he served as Professor Emeritus until his passing. Also in 1993, he founded the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Touro College, New York City, and served as its dean until his second retirement in August 2000.

Throughout his career Carl enjoyed astounding professional success. At the age of 40 he was appointed director of Peabody's John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development, a position he held until 1983. Also in 1971 he was appointed Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt's School of Medicine. He generously served in a variety of roles for committees and organizations during the 1980s and 1990s, including as Chairman, Committee on Peer Review, National Institute of Handicapped Research, United States Department of Education; and as President Reagan's appointee to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council. He was Vice President and later President for Psychology of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, now American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Also among his contributions, Carl served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division on Mental Retardation and on its Council of Representatives. He also served as President of the International Association for Cognitive Education.

Carl was named editor of the American Journal of Mental Deficiency and the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. He published hundreds of articles, books, and reviews in his research fields of mental retardation, cognitive education, motivation, and psychological assessment.

Among Carl's many professional awards and honors, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, now National Academy of Medicine, and received the National Leadership Award and its Research Award from the American Association on Mental Deficiency. He received the Edgar A. Doll Award from APA's Division 33 for Research on Mental Retardation, was recognized by Vanderbilt University with its Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professorship, and won a Marquis Who's Who Humanitarian Award. His extraordinary contributions to his profession were acknowledged with a Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Carl will be remembered as a talented pianist, organist, singer, and orator; an avid tennis player; a Vanderbilt sports and Atlanta Braves baseball fan; and a multi-linguist. In his later years, Carl maintained his foreign language proficiency by reading French novels in the original language.

A memorial service will be held September 19, 2021 at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville where he was a parishioner and 20-year member of the choir. The family requests memorial donations be made to The Susan Gray School at Vanderbilt University - https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/admin-offices/sgs/funding.php.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • The Susan Gray School
    10 Magnolia Circle
    Nashville, TN 37203

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