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Jane Slocum Hayward

Jane Slocum Hayward and her father, Harold Slocum

Jane Slocum Hayward with her father Harold Sheridan Slocum in their operatory, David Whitney Building, Detroit. From the collection of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, SMD 34.78.

Jane Slocum Hayward's instrument cabinet with drawers open displaying assorted hand instruments.

Jane Slocum's dental cabinet with instruments she used in her Detroit practice. Dental Cabinet No. 97, American Cabinet Company, ca. 1920. From the collection of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, SMD 34.6. Click to view larger. 

A Detroit Free Press article about Jane Slocum Hayward.

A Detroit Free Press article described Hayward’s dental skills and her good-natured approach to her patients. Courtesy of The Detroit Free Press. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward (1919-2011)
DDS 1943 University of Michigan

When Jane Slocum married dentist James Rogers Hayward, they merged two families that included five generations of dentists dating back to 1890 on the Slocum side.

A Third Generation Begins

Hayward chose dentistry after helping her father in his office. One letter of recommendation said, “It is my opinion that this girl is especially qualified for professional training in dentistry. Her mental capacity is excellent. Her physical health is excellent. Her ideals are excellent.” Her junior college dean added, “She has a natural scientific feel of things.”

Dental School Romance

While at University of Michigan’s dental school, Jane Slocum met and married James Rogers Hayward whose father was also a dentist. She graduated a year ahead of him and worked at the school as a clinical instructor. Slocum, now Hayward was careful to be completely impartial toward her husband when he was in her class!

Like Father Like Daughter

While raising her family in Ann Arbor, Hayward commuted by train to Detroit where she and her father shared an office in the David Whitney Building on Woodward Avenue. They had separate patients, but helped each other in emergencies. While her children were young, Hayward practiced two days a week.

An Eagerly Anticipated Event

Twice a year on a Saturday, Hayward took her three children to her office to have their teeth cleaned. Afterward, they went out for ice cream and shopped for clothes at J.L. Hudson’s department store in Detroit. Hayward made models of her children’s deciduous teeth as mementos.

Two of her children chose to work in dentistry, one as a dental hygienist. Of the seven practitioners in the family, five were University of Michigan graduates.

Jane Slocum Hayward's graduation photo a business card

Jane Slocum Hayward's graduation photo and business card. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward's husband, James Rogers Hayward

Jane Slocum Hayward's husband, James Rogers Hayward. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane's Slocum Hayward's father, Harold Sheridan Slocum

Jane's Slocum Hayward's father, Harold Sheridan Slocum. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward's grandfather, Sheridan Slocum

Jane Slocum Hayward's grandfather, Sheridan Slocum. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward's father in-law, Roy George Hayward

Jane Slocum Hayward's father in-law, Roy George Hayward. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward's son, James Sheridan Hayward

Jane Slocum Hayward's son, James Sheridan Hayward. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Jane Slocum Hayward's daughter, Martha Ann Hayward Johnston Sparks

Jane Slocum Hayward's daughter, Martha Ann Hayward Johnston Sparks. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.

Models containing the deciduous teeth from each of Jane Slocum Hayward's children

Jane Slocum Hayward created these models of her children's diciduous teeth. Courtesy of the children of Jane Slocum Hayward: James S., Martha Hayward Sparks and Ralph. Click to view larger.