Robert Dal Lay was born September 3, 1935, at Lexington, Texas and died September 20, 1994, at Salina, Kansas. He grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and Lexington, Texas. He stared college after he served in the Navy during the Korean War. He began work at Fisher Scientific in medical laboratory sales. He then joined the firm of Tracor, Inc. of Austin, Texas. When he left Tracor he was National and International Sales Administrator negotiating government contracts for Tracor in Washington D.C.
He moved to Austin, Texas and continued to work for Tracor while he earned a B.S. degree in social psychology from Mary Hardin-Baylor College. He then entered Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1974. He accepted a call to pastor the Presbyterian Church in Pryor, Oklahoma where he stayed for 5 years. During this time he received the professional degree of Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. His research project dealt in Church and Christian Growth.
He became pastor of Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas in 1979 and was there until 1983. He served as a pastoral interim minister for Presbyterian churches in Estridge, Hoxie, and Emporia. He became pastor of Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Salina, Kansas in 1985, and was pastor there until he resigned in the summer of 1993. He studied at the Jungian Institute in Zurich, Switzerland the summer of 1990. He was completing his studies for his PhD in South Bend, Indiana when he died.
Mary Ann Lay, Bob’s widow, is a retired school administrator and lives in Salina, Kansas. They had one son, Rob. Bob’s other children are Linda, Nancy, Michael, Sydney, and Carolyn. There are 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.