Raymond A. Baehr
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Raymond A. Baehr

It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond A. Baehr announces his passing on May 29, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Ray, 82, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away at his home surrounded by loving family. Ray was born in Queens, New York in 1938. After graduating from Hackensack High School in New Jersey, Ray worked as a draftsman for Boswell Engineering Company before serving in the United States Army. While in the Army, Ray served overseas duty in Lybia, North Africa and a year in Iran participating as a member of the Topographic Team performing surveying and large scale mapping. In 1964, Ray participated in the tristate "Mustang Road Rally" event celebrating the release of the Ford Mustang automobile. Ray met his future wife, Lynne, when sitting across the table at the luncheon for the Road Rally participants in the Catskills Mountain, New York. They married in 1966. Following his stint in the Army, Ray returned to Boswell Engineering and continued to work on design and drafting projects while earning a Bachelors of Science with honor from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1970. That summer, Ray and Lynne moved with their two daughters to Albuquerque so he could attend the University of New Mexico Law School. Ray received his law degree from UNM in 1973. During law school, Ray began work as a law clerk with the firm now known as Butt Thornton & Baehr PC in 1972 and became a Shareholder and Director of the Firm in 1977. He served as Secretary of the firm from 1977 to 1985. Ray's legal work concentrated in the practice areas of commercial transactions, real estate, trusts and probate. Ray was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit in 1981; and the New York bar in 1985. Ray served as the Editor-In-Chief of the N.M. Real Estate Law Reporter from 1987-1991; Legislative Assistant to the Governor, New Mexico Legislature 1972-1973; Director, Vice President and General Counsel for Trace Industries Inc.; Director and General Counsel for Western Plumbing Supply; Director, Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel for Kibco, Inc.; Member of the Montessori School Board; Legal Advisor to the Assistance League of Albuquerque Board; and Owner, High Desert Provisions. Ray was known for his strong work ethic, loyalty and generosity with his time and expertise. He assisted many with his keen intellect and legal knowledge. He also kept people entertained with his wit.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Clara and Harry; and brother Robert Baehr. Ray is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Lynne; children Susan (Mike Viracola); Karen (Joe O'Neill); sister Roberta Wanninger; grandchildren Christian and Avery Viracola; and niece Nicole Stabile. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte N.E. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assistance League of Albuquerque (assistanceleagueabq.org) or Watermelon Ranch Animal Rescue Center (wmranch.org).

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jun. 6 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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June 18, 2021
I first met Ray where he defended a lawyer I was suing on behalf of a client. I think that was 1983. He was always the gentlemen. I was at the time a fairly new lawyer at the time and we struck up a friendship. I wish more lawyers acted like him. He was a total gem to the profession. He will be sorely missed.
Michael Schwarz
June 8, 2021
I worked with Ray in my very first full-time job at Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C. in 1990, and later on would see him through the years when he was attending CLE seminars held at the State Bar of New Mexico, where we would have pleasant visits. My condolences to his family.
Tony Horvat
June 6, 2021
I was always so fond of Ray. I’m so happy we reconnected at 2 BTB lunches before Covid. My deepest sympathy to Lynne and the entire family.
Louise Gibson
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