Friday, March 4, 2011

A Tribute to John Hay

Earlier this week I learned that one of the most wonderful men in my life had passed away. I didn't really know John Hay in his later years the way many others did but I did know him when I was a child and a young adult and his quiet but profound influence is one of the things that brought me to where I am today...
 The above pictures were taken in 1964 after I got my new Brownie camera. The little girl is me with a parakeet that literally blew in with a storm and landed on my head one afternoon as we got in the dad took the picture and the certificate was from a class I took with Mr. Hay in 1965,,,
Over the years I have collected all his books, most with little notes from him inside...they are some of my most treasured belongings.

This week I wrote an essay about being a child under the tutelage of John Hay for the Barnstable Patriot. If you would like to read it you can find it here.


  1. Mary, am sorry to hear John Hay has died. I did not know him but of course knew of him. you had a special relationship with him, a treasure. thanks for this tribute.

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