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October 28, 1934 - September 27, 2015 Dr. Raymond (Ray) Mathew Mnich, 80, passed away in Palm Desert, CA, on Sept. 27, 2015. Born in Pleasant City, OH, Ray was the son of Mathew and Anna Mnich, who had immigrated from the Czech Republic. The family also included siblings William and Louise. In high school Ray discovered the visual arts, music, theater and dance. They became constant companions. He loved to dance and performed in "South Pacific" and "Kiss Me Kate." Ray attended Ohio State University, earning a D.D.S. degree. He joined the Navy Reserve, later retiring from the Dental Corps as Lt. Commander. In the service, he visited California. The sun, sand (and for a time, salutes) were enticing, and he moved to California permanently. In L.A. he rented a room in Benedict Canyon from actress Joan Shawlee who was a lifelong friend; the two frequented the Santa Monica nightclub called The Horn. Ray loved the vibes; he had a star-struck infatuation with actors, comedians, artists and laughter and music thrilled his soul. Ray soon met Robert (Bob) Glover, a ceramics instructor at Otis Art Institute. Bob was first Ray's patient and then his partner in what became a 53 year romance. As Bob began to exhibit his work, Ray became increasingly interested in assemblage, soon creating his own works of art. He also was involved with and supported LA Artcore, of which he was president and Board member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Co., a maverick in modern dance. Ray and Bob loved to travel, Ray, who had an aesthetic gift began collecting. When Bob first exhibited at Space Gallery, he and Ray met Masami Teraoka, who has since had 70 solo exhibitions, including one organized by the Whitney Museum in 1980. Bob and Ray collected Masami's work from that time forward. A celebration of Ray's life was held on Oct. 2, 2015 at Forest Lawn in Cathedral City. Donations in his memory may be made to cause which captures Ray's joie de vivre and reflects his love of the arts.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2015
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