Ray Meredith Haynes, 69, passed away suddenly due to a heart attack on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home in Carlsbad, Calif. Ray, and his wife, Patricia DuVall Haynes, were long time residents of San Luis Obispo. Ray M. Haynes was born in Hemet, Calif., in 1944 to Francis and Mary Bess Haynes. Ray took great pride in his mother's Cherokee heritage and his father's Christian Science faith. Ray had a passion for education, business and engineering, as reflected in his academic accomplishments. He earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona in 1967 and his MBA in 1969. Other degrees include MS-Systems Engineering in 1971, RCA Computer Institute (Princeton) and a Ph.D. in Operation Research Management at Arizona State University in 1988. Ray translated his educational background into a varied professional career that encompassed both the public and private sectors of education and business. He worked with AiResearch, RCA and TRW-Fujitsu before his arrival at Cal Poly in 1988 as an adjunct Professor in the College of Business. Ray was a co-founder/director of the Engineering Management program (EMP) at Cal Poly and later became a tenured full professor and associate dean before he officially retired from CSU in 2000. It was during his time at Cal Poly that Ray met and married his wife of 23 years, Patricia DuVall Haynes, former owner of The Travel Company. Ray returned to TRW/Northrop Grumman at Space Park, Redondo Beach, Calif., as Director of the University Strategic Technical Alliances offices of Northrup Grumman until his retirement in 2009. At the time of his death, Ray served as Director of STEM Integration at DaVinci Schools in California and Project lead Consultant for the Northrop Grumman STEM Innovation Campus in Arizona. Professional affiliations include ABET, AIAA and ASEE. Ray is survived by his loving wife, Patricia DuVall Haynes of Carlsbad, Calif.; son Bryan K. DuVall (Chris) and grandsons Gavin and Owen of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter, Diana DuVall McCarty (Jason) and granddaughters Madison and Morgan of Quogue, New York. He was pre-deceased by his parents; brothers Don and Gene; and sister, Charlotte. A "Celebration of Life" has been held. Anyone wishing to support Ray's passion for education can contribute directly to: Ray "Doc" Haynes Memorial Fund, Da Vinci Schools, c/o Matthew Wunder, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, California 90250, (310) 977-5193.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Oct. 12, 2013