Frank A. Ray '73 Honored as 2006-2007 Distinguished Alumnus
|Dean Nancy Rogers presents the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Frank A. Ray '73|
The OSU vs. Penn State tailgate was one of the College's most well-attended tailgates so far, largely due to the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumnus Award, which took place at the event. Frank A. Ray '73 was honored by the College for his commitment to the Columbus community, and his dedication to the Moritz College of Law.
Frank shares his enthusiasm for the law and his expertise as a trial lawyer with students by teaching Trial Practice courses as an adjunct faculty member. Out of his care for students and love of the courtroom, Frank was responsible, in part, for the College's successful $350,000 moot courtroom renovation, chairing the fundraising committee for the project.
Frank is entering his seventh year on the College's National Council, the Dean's alumni advisory group. Always interested in helping fellow alumni connect with the College, Frank helped organize the golf outing for the 25th reunion of his law school class, and served as chair of the committee for his 30th law school reunion.
He is a member of the Henry Folsom Page Society, which recognizes the College's most generous and loyal donors. Most recently, Frank joined Moritz' Investing in Momentum campaign committee. He and his wife Carol established a generous scholarship that will provide a student with three years of in-state tuition.
|Frank with his wife Carol Ray, Dean Rogers, and his mother Merry Ann Ray|
Frank has made great contributions to the Columbus community as a whole. During Frank's tenure as chair of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Professionalism Committee, he initiated a number of projects designed to enhance the treatment of and service provided to clients. He also served on the CBA Board of Governors and as the CBA President in 2001. As president, Frank spearheaded efforts to maintain and improve the CBA's pro bono program, Lawyers for Justice, as well as provide support for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
His commitment to the community also includes service on the board of the Columbus Bar Foundation (CBF). The CBF is a major supporter of the Columbus Center for Child and Family Advocacy, which provides a single location for victims of domestic violence or child abuse to receive treatment, counseling, and access to law enforcement and support services.
Frank's passion for the practice of law, commitment to the advancement of the legal profession, guidance for the young law students who follow in his footsteps, and loyalty to his alma mater all combine to make him a deserving recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Friends wishing to send their congratulations can contact Frank via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.