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biographer , literary critic , university dean

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.


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;teacher English, R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas, 1965-1968;from instructor to assistant professor, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, 1968-1971;from associate professor to professor, head department English, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, 1974-1980;dean College Arts and Sciences, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, since 1980;director National Resources Institute, Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, Texas, 1989-1992. Part-time instructor Texas Technology U., Lubbock, 1971-1973.



President Taylor County History Commission, Abilene, 1988. First 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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: photography, writing, ranching.


Married Sonja Irwin, January 11, 1958. Children: DeLys Clayton Mitchell, Sonja Lea.

Donald Hudson Clayton

Loberta (Sawyer) Clayton

Sonja Irwin

DeLys Clayton Mitchell Clayton

Sonja Lea Clayton