I first met Ray when I joined Hasseblad as president in the late 80's. Kodak Professional was in its glory then, due much in part to Ray's direction. He had an amazing staff, surrounding himself with some remarkably approachable people.
In an earlier post about Ray, after he left Kodak, I told this story...
"Ray was considering Rudy Guttosch for a position at Foveon, but Rudy worked for us at Hasselblad. Ray called me to tell me he wanted to hire Rudy. I remember him saying that if I had a problem with it, he wouldn't make him an offer. As much as we hated to lose him, it was the right decision. With his incredible background he just wasn't being utilized. To this day, Ray calling me first, before making Rudy an offer, really set a standard for professionalism...and friendship."
...and that's how Ray operated. It was business on a handshake and always focused on his relationships. Twenty-five years before Scott Stratten wrote the book, "UnMarketing," focusing on the importance of relationship building, Ray was already walking the talk. Ray was all about friendships and working to establish a win-win on everything he worked on.
So, to Barbara, Ray's wife and the rest of his family, I can only express my sadness, prayers and appreciation for all of you sharing Ray with an industry that so badly always needed his guidance and inspiration.
Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts.
And we are never ever the same."*
* Author unknown