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I Am Jackson: Larry Ray

What is your hometown?

In 1960 I came to Jackson from my hometown, Memphis, to attend Lambuth College as a freshman. I graduated in 1964 with a B.S. degree.

Where else have you lived?

I taught school in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL, area. I lived in various college towns while obtaining different degrees: Nashville, TN, while attending Vanderbilt; Oxford, MS, while obtaining my M.A degree from Ole Miss; Tallahassee, FL, while at FSU; Oxfordshire, England, while attending Oxford University; and I lived in Knoxville, TN, while receiving my Ph.D. in 1988.

I have lived in Paris, France, London, England, and Savannah, GA. I currently split my time between Jackson and Florence, Italy.

Before retiring, what was your profession?

University Professor, Dean – School of Arts, Professional Artist

Tell us about your volunteer experience.

I am a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Jackson Arts Council. I have led countless lectures for civic and church organizations. I have led 69 European and Asiatic tours for church, bank, and community groups. I have volunteered in 10 West Tennessee Designer showhouses, Three Stars of Tennessee Exhibition, Table Talk House Tours, and participated in many LANA Home Tours including the very first one.

What do you like most about Jackson?

Mostly, the people. I love the history and historic architecture, the symphony, and Theatre Guild.

Three words to describe you?

On the move! I am ceaselessly active.

What is one thing you do not go a day without?

A gin and tonic.

Finish this statement. I am Jackson because …

Of a long active life here and lots of beloved friends.

This article is from VIP Magazine, a premier publication for events and local coverage throughout Jackson and West Tennessee.