Lora Hays, who died in 2009 at the age of 99, was the eldest daughter of Arthur Garfield Hays, but she was much more to the Hays Program than that.

Until late in her life, Lora worked almost a full schedule as an instructor in the film program of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Over the years, she attended many conferences and other events of the Hays Program. She got to know and admire the Hays Fellows.

She offered to prepare a video of the Hays Program to show some of the things that the Program had achieved. From the start, she insisted that the Fellowswhom she would selectplay the leading roles, describing and even acting out some of the things they did in the Program. Sylvia and Norman would appear briefly. Lora supervised the camera and edited the product for viewing.

The video was finished in 1991. It immediately was sent to all former Fellows and members of the faculty, although there was no way to know how many actually saw it. Each year the video is shown to all applicants for a Hays Fellowship.

After a few years, Lora, who was a perfectionist, decided that the video could be improved. So, in 1996, it was revised with a few additional Fellows taking part.

 

Further information about Lora Hays:

Memorial Remarks by Norman Dorsen
Editors Guild Magazine Obituary
The Villager Obituary