Name: Hayden Walling
Birth: 22 Dec 1916 in Connecticut
Death: May 1981 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts of suicide by hanging
New York Times obit:
June 5, 1981
Hayden Walling, an architect and builder known for the homes he designed on Cape Cod, died Sunday at his summer home in Wellfleet, Mass. He was 64 years old and lived in Warwick N.Y.
Mr. Walling was the son of William English Walling and Anna Strunsky, early Socialists and among the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
He attended Amherst College and graduated from Bard College. After World War II, Mr. Walling headed an American Friends Service Committee unit in Italy. Later he worked in the Middle East and Africa with UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
He is survived by a son, Christopher of New York, and three sisters, Rosamund Tirana of Washington and Anna Hamburger and Georgia Walling, both of New York.
Hayden Walling was born in 1917. His father, William English Walling, although born into wealth, was an important Socialist activist in the early twentieth century. Hayden's mother, Anna Strunsky, was born in Russia where she had been imprisoned by the tsar for revolutionary activity. His parents were among the founders of the NAACP and the International Ladies Garment Union.
Hayden attended Amherst College and graduated from Bard College. Being a Quaker, he was a con-scientious objector during World War II. He met Jack Phillips on the Cape when they became acqainted through mutual friends. Phillips' first impression when Walling showed up in a white linen suit and with a trombone was that he was a 'jazz kid'. Hayden Walling, Jack Phillips and Jack Hall became lifelong friends, often working on architectural projects together or in tandem, as the structures evolved from hunting shacks or recycled Army barracks into larger houses.
At one point Walling salvaged a 40-foot water tower (procured by his young son, Christopher) from Wellfleet Center, hauling it down a mile of dirt roads to their house on Slough Pond.
After World War II, he led a unit of the American Friends Service Committee in Italy. Later he worked in the Middle East and Africa with UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
His first marriage was to Liz Archer, daughter of Ernie Ball, the owner of Ballston Beach in Truro. In '47 the couple lived in Paris on a house-boat they made out of a barge they had raised from the bottom of the Seine.
Walling designed many houses and studios in Wellfleet and built houses for other architects, such as Olav Hammarstom, for whom he built Lilly Saarinen's house on Herring pond, and the Tisza House nearby. At other times he worked as a cabinet maker, furniture designer and farmer in New York state.
Described by some elderly survivors of the period as the 'handsomest man in the world', Walling died in Wellfleet in 1964, survived by his wife, Odette, a colorful figure who fought with the French resistance, and his son, Christopher.
Odette B b: 26 Nov 1920