Mary Ferris Kelly has worked in a variety of mediums for many years, but a great deal of her work centers around paintings and drawings of angels. Her sculpture titled “Young Male Angel" was officially dedicated in memory of Paul Kelly '45 on Thursday, Oct. 18, and is positioned adjacent to the Tower overlooking the historic Lupton Circle area with views of Lookout Mountain and Elder Mountain.
“My dad would have loved that. Unbeknownst to his parents, he hitchhiked to Baylor from Jasper, Tenn., and got a football scholarship. He loved Baylor School so much, so the angel has found its home,” said his daughter, Ferris Robinson, who ordered a football jersey with her late father’s number and playfully placed it on the sculpture during Baylor vs. McCallie Spirit Week.
As a Baylor student, Kelly excelled in football as a letterman and was also a member of the soccer, wrestling, boxing, and tennis teams, as well as the Honor Council and the Round Table. He graduated from Baylor in 1945 and went on to earn a law degree from Vanderbilt University. A prominent civic leader, he passed away in November 2013 after a long and successful law career. The donation was made by his wife and family members Anne Ferris Kelly Robinson, Elizabeth Neal Kelly Kelley, and Paul DeWitt Kelly III ’82.