Hometown: Greensboro, N.C. Institutions that shaped me at an early age: F.D. Bluford Elementary School. Boy Scout Troop #442 (Grace Lutheran Church). Lincoln St. Junior High. Woodberry Forest School. Governor’s School of North Carolina (’73).

After my sophomore year I dropped out of NC A&T State University and enlisted in the Navy. Following training, I reported to the fast attack submarine, USS Hammerhead (SSN-663). After several operational patrols, I volunteered for the pre-commissioning crew of USS Michigan (SSBN-727 (B)) where I completed five deterrent patrols. At the end of my enlistment I was selected to attend the Naval Science Institute in Newport, Rhode Island, then on to the NROTC unit at Florida A&M University, where I earned a Naval commission and a B.S. degree in Economics (1987). Following graduation, I reported to the USS Luce (DDG-38), where I completed division officer tours in engineering and weapons systems. I resigned my commission and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in May, 1992. Later, while assigned to Embassy London, I completed an M.A. degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, 1997). I had overseas assignments in Guinea-Bissau, The United Kingdom, Angola, Ghana, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.  

I look forward to expanding participation in hobbies and interests I have always had, especially reading and writing poetry. In retirement I completed a graduate degree in library and information science and am currently working part-time as a consultant in archives and record keeping. In my spare time, I serve as a docent at the Library of Congress and I lead a study group exploring the works of August Wilson, my favorite playwright.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Ray. I found this blog while looking for information about WFS and the Stouffer Foundation. It is nice to see an old friend.

    I love your photography and poetry.

    Dwight Meredith

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  2. I did read it. My mom and John Ehle worked hard to create the Stouffer Foundation and make it work. I was talking to John yesterday about that effort and that conversation caused me to noodle around and find this site.

    Keep writing and I will keep reading.


  3. Tell me about the Atlanta reunion. John and Rosemary and my mom were very excited that it was happening. I live in Greensboro now. Lincoln is now the high achievement middle school.


    1. I didn’t make it to Atlanta, but folks told me it was pretty historical. Ron Long went and met with me and Ron Lipscomb the following week here in DC. BTW, just built a Wikipedia on Vance Chavis, who was the principal at Lincoln when I was there.


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