Deceased June 10, 2021

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In Memory

Ray entered Amherst on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a Fulbright Scholarship to study in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

After graduating from Lawrence (Mass.) High School and arriving at Amherst, Ray joined the Lord Jeff Club and House Management Committee and was elected to the Student Council and Masquers vice presidency, with both leading and supporting roles, and to the Sphinx honorary society.

Our senior year was widely viewed as one of the most successful in the history of the Masquers. Curt Canfield, professor of dramatic arts and director of Kirby Theater, produced and directed early live television dramas in NYC while maintaining a full academic load; student acting talent was abundant; and the technical side of set and costume design and background effects was a special strength of Masquers president George Whitney.

The Tempest, in November 1951, broke all attendance records and earned rave reviews: “best production ever at Kirby Theater” and “in the latter half of the play, it surpassed professional work.” Ray’s supporting role as Calaban, a savage and deformed slave, added comic relief that had the audience roaring.

Ray’s early professional career included roles on Robert Montgomery Presents and Armstrong Circle Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in Mame opposite Ann Miller and Angela Lansbury, then had a leading role on the soap opera The Edge of Night. In 1970, Ray became an original cast member as Dr. Joe Martin on ABC’s All My Children. After a 40-year run, he retired in 2009 when production was moved from NYC to California. Ray received the Daytime Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004.

Ray died on June 10 at age 93 of natural causes under hospice care in Chappaqua, N.Y., leaving his wife, Patricia, and children, Kyle, Daniel and Sarah.

Nick Evans ’52