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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Junior High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lausanne, Switzerland
Favorite Quote:
It Could Be Worse.

Birthplace

Born:
7/4/1908
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Junior High School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lausanne, Switzerland
Favorite Quote:
It Could Be Worse.

Birthplace

Born:
7/4/1908
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Retired teacher Adine Ray devoted herself to raising her family and serving her community. Ray was born on July 4, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois, to Alma, a homemaker, and Andrew, a Pullman porter. Ray spent most of her life in Chicago.

After graduating from high school, Ray attended the University of Chicago until the Great Depression interrupted her studies. She later returned and received her B.S. degree in education in 1935. Soon after, she set out to teach in the Chicago Public Schools. For twenty-five years, Ray taught math, English and social studies to seventh-graders. Her husband, Colonel Marcus H. Ray, was one of the few African American military officers at the time. When he was sent to Germany, Ray and their two children accompanied him.

Upon returning to Chicago, Ray resumed her teaching career. Once her children were grown, she retired and moved to Lausanne, Switzerland, with her husband and lived there seven years, traveling throughout Europe. Ray and her husband moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1976 after the birth of their twin grandsons. They are Ray's only grandchildren. Though retired, Ray worked as a volunteer teacher in local schools. She and her husband had been married fifty-four years at the time of his death.

Ray continued her civic activities well into her nineties, working for a cancer fund in Chicago, and volunteering with the Red Cross. She belonged to several literary clubs and enjoyed going to the symphony and the theater. On January 20, 2008, Ray welcomed her first great-grandson,Taj Samuel Alva Usher, into the world. Ray passed away on February 7, 2008 at the age of ninety nine.








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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Adine Ray's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Adine Ray lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Adine Ray describes her father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Adine Ray describes her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Adine Ray describes her father's childhood and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Adine Ray describes her father's occupation and interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Adine Ray describes her mother's childhood and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Adine Ray describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Adine Ray describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Adine Ray describes attending Sunday school and first grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Adine Ray describes her experience in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Adine Ray describes her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Adine Ray describes the businesses in her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Adine Ray describes the racial diversity of her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Adine Ray describes her knowledge of the 1919 race riots in Chicago, Illinois and the Irish community in her neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Adine Ray describes her experience in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Adine Ray describes her experience attending Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Adine Ray describes her transfer from Englewood High School to Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Adine Ray describes her experience at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Adine Ray describes her experience at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Adine Ray describes attending the Chicago Normal School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Adine Ray describes her experience at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Adine Ray describes the speakers and elocutionists who visited her church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Adine Ray describes her experience at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Adine Ray describes her experience as a teacher at Stephen A. Douglas School and Gillespie Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Adine Ray describes meeting her husband, Marcus Ray
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Adine Ray describes raising her children while her husband fought in World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Adine Ray talks about not owning a television after World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Adine Ray describes her experience in a mother's club during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Adine Ray remembers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Adine Ray describes her husband's career after returning from World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Adine Ray describes moving to Lausanne, Switzerland in 1967
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Adine Ray describes her experiences in Europe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Adine Ray describes the other black people she met while in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Adine Ray describes returning to the United States in 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Adine Ray describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Adine Ray reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Adine Ray describes her book club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Adine Ray reflects upon her longevity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Adine Ray reflects upon her longevity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Adine Ray shares her advice to younger generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Adine Ray describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Adine Ray narrates her photographs