Dr. Elery Lay (center at microphone) reads the names of graduates from Dobyns-Bennett in this undated photo taken during graduation services. Next to Dr. Lay (right)is Dana Swick, longtime superintendent of schools. Dr. Lay was principal at Dobyns-Bennett for many years. Aside from working as an educator, Dr. Lay worked as a government official, and as an author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. He served as Kingsport’s Vice-Mayor and was on the Board of Mayor and Alderman for a total of 12 years.
Photographer: Louie T. Kesterson
Date Taken: undated
Collection(s): Louie Kesterson Collection, 1950-1984 and undated
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