Howard E. Ray, 75, of Payson, died Oct. 1, 2001 in Tucson. He was born to Beatty and Laura Ray Aug. 15, 1926 in Iola, Kan.
Howard earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and was on the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Agriculture Extension Service.
His two-year participation in a joint project in Fortaleza, Brazil between the Universities of Arizona and Ceara initiated his career in international education and development. During 16 years of residing in Brazil, India, Guatemala and Sri Lanka, in addition to working in more than 40 other nations, his interest and expertise in sustainable agricultural development, agricultural communications, and technology transfer resulted in an internationally renowned reputation for integrity in providing outstanding service to communities, worldwide.
Following his retirement to Payson in 1991, he became involved in community service through his commitment as a charter and board member of the Rim Country Optimist Club, as well as serving on the Town of Payson Planning and Zoning Commission. He also worked with the students of the Payson Center for Success High School, as a teacher of communications, yearbook and newsletter adviser and chairman of the Advisory Council. He was a charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon and Elder.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Jane Ray of Payson; two daughters, Nancy and her husband Vic Bozic of Wyoming and Susan Cleveland of Tucson; one son, Robert and his wife Dianne Ray of Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Ft. Lowell Road, Tucson.
Donations can be made to TMC Hospice Inpatient Unit, 5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ. 85712.