• Denis Baly Image Collection

Denis Baly (1913-1987) was Lecturer in Political Science (1954-56) and Professor of Religion (1964-83) at Kenyon College. He was the son of a distinguished scientist, Edward Charles Cyril Baly, and the grandson of Edward Ely Baly, Deputy Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. He attended The King’s School, Worcester and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935 from the University of Liverpool, where his father was Grant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. Denis Baly himself was perhaps best known outside of Kenyon for his work as a geographer, as evidenced by his Geographical Companion to the Bible (New York 1957, 1963, 1974). Before, during and after the Second World War he taught school in Haifa and Jerusalem, leaving in 1954 to begin teaching in America. Beginning around 1960 he began making photographic transparencies (slides) on his many trips to the Levant, North Africa, Europe, and around the United States, assembling the extraordinary archive which was presented to Kenyon College on his death by his widow, Louise Gehan Baly.

Banner Image: detail from Denis Baly, Dome of the Rock, 1977. Baly Image Collection, A.3. https://digital.kenyon.edu/baly/3/