Rose Institute Board of Governors chairman Ray Remy passed away on Saturday, December 21 at the age of 82.
Ray served on the Rose Institute Board since 1990 and became chair in 2017. He was also a member of the Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees since 1989.
During his long and illustrious career, Ray served as Assistant to the Director of the League of California Cities, Los Angeles (1962-1969), Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (1969-1976), Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles (1976-1984), President of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (1984-1997), and Executive Director of the State of California Employment Development Department (1997-1999). The Rose Institute celebrated this impressive record by awarding Ray the Rose Institute Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2012.
Ray was a 1959 graduate of Claremont Men’s College and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. He also served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Ray Remy is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters Erin and Kimber, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ray was a great friend of the Rose Institute and a tremendous supporter of its students, many of whom he mentored over the years. He was a model to our students and staff of commitment, thoughtful analysis, respect for others, and professionalism. His genuine affection and concern for our students were apparent to all. He will be greatly missed.