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Vol. 109, No. 4


Raymond Tracey Stotler Jr. ’39

Published in the Nov.5, 2008, issue

Ray died June 11, 2008, in Dallas, Texas, 10 days after celebrating his 92nd birthday. The cause was complications from a ruptured appendix.

Ray began his lifetime career as a petroleum geologist with Sinclair Oil. He entered the Army in 1941, transferred to the Air Corps, became a heavy-bomber pilot, and held the rank of captain upon discharge in 1945. From the wild blue yonder, he told us, he went to subsurface geology, serving as a geologist with the producing subsidiary of Standard Oil of Indiana (Pan American Petroleum Corp.) in locations ranging from Canada to North Dakota to Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1965 he joined a joint-venture group in Port Huron, Mich., then returned to Texas in 1972 with Exploration Surveys Inc. in Dallas. He was with Coquina Oil Corp. until he retired in 1981 to become self-employed as a consulting petroleum geologist. He left the geological records he had accrued to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

A member of Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Dallas, Ray was an active volunteer. He also served as class agent for the Phillips Exeter Class of 1935.

His survivors include his wife, Kathryn; three daughters, Diana, Barbara, and Carol; and two grandchildren. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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