University of California, San Diego
October 18, 2004
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (including UCSD Healthcare)
The campus is saddened to hear of the recent passing of Ray Ramseyer, former UCSD administrator. Campus faculty, staff and students are welcome to join the Ramseyer family and friends at a memorial service on October 24, 3:30 p.m., at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (4190 Front Street, San Diego).
Ramseyer, devoted philanthropist and respected colleague, died Oct. 2 while in Bluffton, Ohio where he was scheduled to present the Ray Ramseyer Award for Philanthropy at Bluffton University. He was 85.
Ramseyer began working at UCSD in 1977, where he remained until his retirement in 1987. Many credit him with initiating the private giving program at UCSD. He led the university's fund-raising efforts benefiting UCSD Health Sciences programs, the establishment of endowed faculty chairs, and the 25th Anniversary fund-raising initiative. The success of this initiative allowed for a new faculty club, facilities for the Institute for Research on Aging, enhancements for the new student union, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and additional endowed faculty chairs.
After leaving UCSD, Ramseyer worked on development and planned giving projects for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In his second retirement, he continued to volunteer his time to organizations such as the UCSD Undergraduate Scholarship Council, the La Jolla Playhouse, the First Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Friends of Vista Hill.
Ramseyer is survived by his daughters, Nancy of Burbank, Calif. and Pamela of Ann Arbor Mich., and a son, Craig, of San Diego, as well as five grandchildren.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship Fund, through the UC San Diego Foundation, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0940.