National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1839
Subject/Title:
May, Dan
Artist:Routon, David F.
Date Created:late 1970s or early 1980s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions: Approx. 24" W x 28" H
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:5 January 2011
Condition:Excellent

Description: Subject matter is head and torso of Dan May somewhat informally clad, i.e. without suit jacket but with necktie.
History of Work:The work was commissioned by the May family of Nashville Tennessee.
Notes:

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 years.
  • 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 Council.
  • 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 two occasions.

 

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