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Roy Robert Ray

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Roy Robert Ray

Birth
West Virginia, USA
Death
17 May 1994 (aged 92)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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In Memoriam: Roy R. Ray (1902-1994)

With great sorrow I report to you the passing on May 18, 1994, of Professor Roy R. Ray. He was in his 92nd year. Professor Ray was an institution at the law school. He was born in West Virginia and was educated at Center College in Kentucky. He earned an LL.B. with distinction at the University of Kentucky and an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan. He joined the SMU law faculty in 1929,four years after the law school opened its doors. He continued to serve SMU as a scholar and teacher for the next 41 years. Until four years ago he was a constant visitor at the law school, coming to his office almost every day and still very much involved in the life of our law school community. During his many years on the faculty Professor Roy Ray was a caring taskmaster in the classroom, with a wonderful and warm sense of humor and a gift for anecdotes. He never tired of nurturing young faculty and was always concerned for the well-being of them and their families. His place in the history of the SMU School of Law cannot be overstated. We are a much better institution because of his tireless devotion and dedication on our behalf.

A memorial service for Roy Ray took place on May 20, 1994, the day before this year's
commencement and law school hooding ceremony. Two of the following tributes to Professor Ray, those by Lennart V. Larson and Harvey Wingo, were delivered at this memorial service.
Charles O. Galvin would have presented his eulogy at the service also, had he not been out of the country at the time. This memorial to Roy R. Ray would be incomplete without it.

C. Paul Rogers III
Dean and Professor of Law
In Memoriam: Roy R. Ray (1902-1994)

With great sorrow I report to you the passing on May 18, 1994, of Professor Roy R. Ray. He was in his 92nd year. Professor Ray was an institution at the law school. He was born in West Virginia and was educated at Center College in Kentucky. He earned an LL.B. with distinction at the University of Kentucky and an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan. He joined the SMU law faculty in 1929,four years after the law school opened its doors. He continued to serve SMU as a scholar and teacher for the next 41 years. Until four years ago he was a constant visitor at the law school, coming to his office almost every day and still very much involved in the life of our law school community. During his many years on the faculty Professor Roy Ray was a caring taskmaster in the classroom, with a wonderful and warm sense of humor and a gift for anecdotes. He never tired of nurturing young faculty and was always concerned for the well-being of them and their families. His place in the history of the SMU School of Law cannot be overstated. We are a much better institution because of his tireless devotion and dedication on our behalf.

A memorial service for Roy Ray took place on May 20, 1994, the day before this year's
commencement and law school hooding ceremony. Two of the following tributes to Professor Ray, those by Lennart V. Larson and Harvey Wingo, were delivered at this memorial service.
Charles O. Galvin would have presented his eulogy at the service also, had he not been out of the country at the time. This memorial to Roy R. Ray would be incomplete without it.

C. Paul Rogers III
Dean and Professor of Law


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