GS Class of 1943


Jan, 2023

Richard G. Ray ’43 ScM, of Rockville, Md.; June 29, at the age of 101. After graduating, he moved to Washington, D.C., and did geologic mapping of strategic minerals in southeastern Alaska for the U.S. Geological Survey until being commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. Upon discharge from the Navy, he rejoined the U.S. Geological Survey and met his future wife, who worked for the War Department. They married and moved to Maryland, working together summers in Alaska through 1950. He authored numerous technical papers and books on geologic subjects. In 1961, he became the program director for geology at the National Science Foundation and remained there until his retirement in 1975. He then joined the board on Minerals and Energy Resources at the National Academy of Sciences as a staff officer, retiring from that position in 1982. He devoted time to landscape painting with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and he had his first featured art show at American Painting Fine Art in Washington at age 100. He was an avid duplicate bridge player. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by a daughter and a son.


Jun, 2020

Margaret Porter Dolan ’39, ’43 AM, of East Greenwich, R.I.; at 101 years of age; Dec. 31. She taught school for many years, her last 23 before retirement at Gorton Junior High School in Warwick, R.I. She was class president her junior and senior years and later served as president of the Pembroke Club of Kent County and St. Aloysius Guild. She enjoyed learning, driving fast, watching football and Jeopardy!, entertaining, and especially summering with family in Matunuck. She is survived by six children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren, including Bridget Turaga ’01; and 17 great-grandchildren.


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