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Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center

Erected 1973

 
 
Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
1. Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center Marker
Inscription.
This Building is Named in Honor of
Herman Warden Lay

Entrepreneural genius of the business world, leader in civic and cultural affairs, friend and benefactor of higher education, loyal alumnus of Furman University.

 
Erected 1973.
 
Location. 34° 55.267′ N, 82° 26.35′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Click for map. Marker is located on the east facade of the building, facing the west end of Furman Mall. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Furman Men Who Gave Their Lives in the World War (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene E. Stone III Soccer Stadium (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furman University World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away); Poteat Hall (about 700 feet away); Geer Hall (about 700 feet away); Marshall E. and Vera Lea Rinker Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herman N. Hipp Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles H. Townes Center for Science (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milford Mall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beatrice Dennis Plyler Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
 
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Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
2. Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center

1. Herman Lay. Herman W. Lay (1909 – 1982) was a Nashville, Tennessee, USA businessman who started H.W. Lay Co., Inc., now part of the Frito-Lay corporation. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Herman W Lay Presentation. Herman Warden Lay was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 3, 1901. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Use of the Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center. The Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC) is Furman's primary facility for student, faculty, and staff recreational activity. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Herman W. Lay Memorial Award. The Herman W. Lay Memorial Award does more than recognize one of the founders of our organization. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Herman W. Lay Scholarship Program. The Lay Scholarship is named for Herman Warden Lay, the Furman alumnus best known for developing America’s favorite potato chip, LAY'S Potato Chips as well as acting as the Chairman of the Board for Frito-Lay, Inc. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center. The Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center was completed in the spring of 1973 and since that time has been the center for physical activity on campus. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Herman W. Lay (1909–1982) Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott
3. Herman W. Lay (1909–1982)
 

7. Furman University. Official website of Furman University. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Herman W. Lay Obituary, St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 7, 1982
DALLAS -- Herman W. Lay, cofounder of Frito-Lay Inc. and chairman of the board of Pepsico Inc., died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 73.

He was born in Charlotte, N.C. on June 3, 1909 ad attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

He began his business career in Nashville in 1932 as an independent distributor for an Atlanta-based snack food manufacturer.

In 1939, he purchased the Georgia Snack Food Co. and founded H.W. Lay and Co.

Sales of the company's potato chips grew rapidly, and in 1961 the company merged with Frito Co. of Dallas to form Frito-Lay Inc. Mr. Lay was named president of the new company and became chairman of the board in 1964.

In 1965, Frito-Lay merged with Pepsi-Cola Co. to form Pepsico Inc. Mr. Lay was elected chairman of the board of the new company.

Mr. Lay became chairman of the executive committee of Pepsico in 1971 and retained that position until his retirement in 1980.

After
West End of Furman Mall from the<br>Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, April 25, 2009
4. West End of Furman Mall from the
Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center
his retirement, Mr. Lay organized several family corporations engaged in real estate, oil and gas exploration and the manufacture of State Farm brand frozen food products.
    — Submitted April 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,754 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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