Floyd Martin Clay, 81, historian and author

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Floyd Martin Pousson Clay, an author and retired history professor, died Sept. 5 at West Jefferson Medical Center. He was 81.

Mr. Clay, of Algiers, was a popular faculty member at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, said Susan O. van Loon, a faculty member.

"It was not unusual for students to 'major' in Dr. Clay, taking whatever history course he was teaching that semester, " she said.

Van Loon said she recruited Mr. Clay to teach in the college's first international study program, held abroad, because she knew he would attract a number of students to sign up, ensuring the program's success...

... Before joining Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Mr. Clay had taught at the University of New Orleans, Delgado Junior College and at the University of Arkansas.

He authored two books, "Coozan Dudley LeBlanc: From Huey Long to Hadacol, " published in 1973, and "A Century on the Mississippi: A History of the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1876-1976, " published in 1976...
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