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Lawrence Ray Clayton

Lawrence Ray Clayton, American university dean, literary critic, biographer.


  • Clayton, Lawrence Ray was born on April 21, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Son of Donald Hudson and Loberta (Sawyer) Clayton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Stephen F. Austin University, 1960. Master of Education, Stephen F. Austin University, 1964. Master of Arts, North Texas State University, 1969.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Tech University, 1974.


    • Teacher English Rusk (Texas) High School, 1960-1965, R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas, 1965-1968. From instructor to assistant professor Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, 1968-1971, from associate professor to professor, head department English, 1974-1980, dean College Arts and Sciences, from 1980, director National Resources Institute, 1989-1992. Part-time instructor Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1971-1973.


    • Historic Ranches of Texas
    • "The concept for this book was to choose typical, important ranches which for one reason or another had an impact on Texas and the West.


    President Taylor County History Commission, Abilene, 1988. 1st lieutenant United States National Guard, 1956-1967. Member Texas Folklore Society (president 1982), Western Literature Association (president 1990), West Texas History Association (president 1993), Southwestern American Literature Association, American Culture Association (vice president 1994), Texas Association Deans Liberal Arts and Sciences (board directors since 1996), Texas Cowboy Poets Association (board directors).



    Photography, writing, ranching.


    • Married Sonja Irwin, January 11, 1958. Children: DeLys Clayton Mitchell, Sonja Lea.
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    Born April 21, 1938
    Died December 31, 2000
    (aged 62)
    • 1960
      Stephen F. Austin University
    • 1964
      Stephen F. Austin University
    • 1969
      North Texas State University
    • 1974
      Texas Tech University
    • 1960 - 1965
      Teacher, English Rusk (Texas) High School
    • 1965 - 1968
      Teacher, English Rusk (Texas) High School
      Carrollton, Texas, United States
    • 1968 - 1971
      from instructor, to assistant professor Hardin-Simmons University
      Abilene, Texas, United States
    • 1989 - 1992
      from instructor, to assistant professor Hardin-Simmons University
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