Frank Ray was one of my all time favorite professors at SUNY Cortland during my undergraduate years 1987-1991. I was a relatively sheltered and uninformed Long Islander when I arrived in Cortland, NY those years ago. Professor Ray's lectures were superb and thought provoking. I took three classes with him and an independent study in my senior year that focused on the writings of Franz Kafka. To this day, I recall our indepth discussions on the short story Josef K. I had many fine professors at SUNY Cortland, but after 22 years, it is difficult to remember the reading list from most of my classes. In one semester with Frank Ray, I read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, On the Road, and In Cold Blood, to name a few. This reading was bold and shocking to me at that time. Professor Ray challenged me to face uncomfortable realities in American society while encouraging me, as a young student, to learn to be a critical thinker. About six years after I graduated, the internet was still an amazing new invention and I found Professor Ray through email. I took the time to do something that is so important to professors and teachers, alike. I thanked him. Even as I type these words tonight, I can see Professor Ray at the front of the class talking about Eastern Philosophy and saying something that has stuck with me all these years..."treat people not as a means to an end, but as an end in themself." The last time I saw Professor Ray was last summer at the Skaneateles Antique Show. We have seen each other over the past ten years or so at venues like this...a passion we both share. I can see him like it was yesterday. I came around a corner and there he was, standing tall and so typically well dressed in a black button down shirt adorned with a bolo tie. We talked for about ten minutes about my antiques business and our mutual respect for Native American jewelry. Of course you never know in that moment that it is the last moment. I have absolutely no doubt that I owe much of who I am and who I have become to Frank Ray. SUNY Cortland was privileged to have an instructor of his caliber. He stands in infamy with other SUNY Cortland greats whose passing I also mourn. Goodbye, Professor Ray and thank you for your excellent teaching and profound impact on my life.