HI Phil -
Ray stayed active in Boy Scouts throughout his life, and worked diligently with the organization in Fairfield CT. His sons followed in their dad's footsteps and both earned the rank of Eagle Scout as well.
Do you remember how smart Ray was when it came to mechanical things? When we were very young, I remember that he would tell me stories about how, in our lifetime, doctors would be using light beams (lasers, as it turned out) to do surgery, and that at some point in the next 50 years, everyone would have a computer in their homes, and they would even be able to buy things through them. I was five years younger, and I thought Ray was out of his mind. It all sounded so Jetson-like to me! I asked Ray how someone could buy something through a computer, and he said that it was hard to explain (this is when I assumed that he was making it up! haha!) but that there would be this invisible network and that people's computers would hook into it. This was in about 1963, so you can imagine how insane I thought Ray had to be! haha!
As it turned out, his predictions were correct!
When Ray was a teenager, he devised a way to have nearly everything in his bedroom controlled by a central switchboard. He could turn lights on and off, and even rigged up some system for locking his bedroom door by pressing a button or flipping a switch - can't remember which. He'd sit on the bed, flip this switch, and his door would lock and the lights would go out - no need to get out of bed - ever!
He really did have a mechanical mind, and was very successful in his business life as a result, working in the computer industry. His company was forward-thinking and innovative, and Ray really left his mark with the cutting edge work his company did.
I'm glad you remember Ray. I clearly remember your name coming up in conversations.
I admire your strong faith, and I trust that it will help you as you go through the necessary steps to get well again. I am thinking of you and wishing you the very best.