About the subject:
Dan May (1898–1982) was a Nashville, Tennessee business, educational and civic
leader. He became chairman of the May Hosiery Mills in Nashville after the death of his
father, Jacob May (1861-1946), who founded the company. Dan May was an active
member and trustee of many civic and educational organizations in the Nashville area.
These roles include the following:
- An alumnus and long-time member of the board of trustees of Vanderbilt University.
- A member of the War Production Board During World War II.
- A longtime member of the Nashville Board of Education and its chairman for three
- A magistrate of Davidson County TN.
- Chairman of the school committee of the Davidson County Court which governs the
working of the county school system.
- A long-time member of the Board of Trust of Fisk University.
- A member of the Nashville Rotary Club and at one time its president, the first time a
Jew had been elected to this office.
- An advocate for the consolidation of Nashville City and Davidson County governments
and subsequently a member of the resultant united governing body, the Metropolitan
- In Nashville’s Jewish community he was president of the Jewish Community Center
and of the Community Council, and served as general chairman of the Welfare Fund on