Rodney Lay spent the majority of his life without poetry.
The England-born engineer’s work ethic kept him focused, and his family kept him busy. After hearing about Chautauqua from friends at church, Rodney, his wife, Meg, and their three children spent a week at Chautauqua — a trip that eventually led to more weeks and a buying a home on Ames with friends.
After Rodney retired from more than 35 years as an electrical engineer, he had time to take classes and to explore the grounds.
“He had a real desire to not have lived an empty life,” Meg said. “He would go to everything at Chautauqua. I would get tired just looking at him.”