Ray, Robert D.

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Ray, Robert D. Gender: M
Robert Dolph Ray
born on 26 September 1928 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place Des Moines, Iowa, 41n36, 93w37
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°34' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°42 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 25°05'

Robert D. Ray
photo: The Ray Center, license cc-by-2.0


American lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 38th Governor of Iowa from 16 January 1969 to 14 January 1983.

During his tenure as governor, Ray served as chair of the National Governors Association from 1975 to 1976; led to the passage of the Iowa Burials Protection Act of 1976, which was the first legislative act in the United States that specifically protected American Indian remains; and accepted thousands of refugees into Iowa.

In his later years, Ray served as acting mayor of Des Moines from May 1997 to November 1997 and was interim president of Drake University in 1998.

In 1951, Ray married Billie Lee Hornberger, his high school sweet heart, and they had three daughters. In Ray's later years, he suffered from Parkinson's disease. On 8 July 2018, he died at a nursing home in Des Moines, Iowa at age 89.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1951 (Billie Lee Hornberger)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Parkinson's disease)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Republican)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (38th Governor of Iowa, 1969-1983)