Ray, Graves Franklin
After a long battle with cancer, Graves Franklin Ray passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. He was 78.
Born in Gallipolis, Ohio on March 19, 1935, Frank was a dedicated teacher. He modeled his life after the values of his grandfather Dr. Alvah Graves Ray, by helping others through teaching and his involvement in political causes and humanitarian issues. He attended DePauw University, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. Frank taught in the history department at SUNY Cortland for 36 years, and retired as Associate Professor Emeritus of History in 1998. Frank was a dedicated member of the State University Federation of Teachers union, serving as its vice president and state grievance chair for several years. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Ithaca Cancer Resource Center. The memorial service will be held Sunday, September 15 from 1pm-3pm at St. John's Episcopal Church at 210 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY. Handicap parking is available. A reception will follow at 10 Cornell Street (upper), Ithaca, NY.
Frank is survived by his wife, Diane Martineau, his daughter Amelia Margaret Ray, his step-children Katrina, Marc and Sonya Leathers, his cousins Leanne Halfman, Betsy Potter Stultz, Mary Potter Young and his best friend Mary Decker. Frank was respected by his students, colleagues and friends, and deeply loved by his family. He will be remembered for his whimsical humor, intellectual criosity, integrity, vision and inspired teaching. He enjoyed speculating that after death he would be traveling extensively. We believe he is.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Sept. 10, 2013