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To say that he was a good man would be both trite and incorrect - he was far more than that - kind, generous, loving are just a few of the superlatives which describe him.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey on January 14, 1926, Ray was the eldest of four children born to Ida Mann and Philip Falk. In boyhood, he seemed to realize the value, as well as the necessity of work, delivering to merchants, on his bike, posters advertising the latest movies. Later, he added a paper route. He was paid a nickel for each poster delivered!

After graduation from Plainfield High School, where he was star softball pitcher, Ray enlisted in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. The following year, he enrolled in Syracuse University where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering. His love of softball was resumed as he again was softball pitcher. Ray served as president of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. He later received an MA degree from Columbia University in Guidance and Counseling. After moving to Corpus Christi, Texas, Ray taught math at Baker Middle School followed by becoming a counselor at Ray High School. A few years later, he served as Coordinator of Counseling and Health Services for CCISD. He was a licensed Professional Counselor.

After a brief retirement, Ray taught Psychology at Del Mar College and later as a part-time career counselor.

Tennis was his game! He played weekly with a great foursome of close friends. Important in his life was his active affiliation with Temple Beth El on Craig Street where he was Supt. of Sunday School and later, at Congregation Beth Israel, he taught Hebrew language classes.

Predeceasing Ray were his parents; sisters, Roslyn Garin (Robert), Teddi Karchman; son, Bruce Falk; step-daughter, Nancy Dietz; son-in-law, Bill Davis; grandson, Nicholas Falk; and former wife, Lanora Falk.

Ray's wife of 40 years, Elizabeth, survives him as well as son, Dr. David J. Falk (Joy Gianolio) of Highland Park, New Jersey; daughter, Nora Davis of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Barry Falk (Marcia) of Monroe Township, New Jersey; step-sons, Arthur I. Dietz of Corpus Christi, Texas, Henry V. Dietz (Lisa) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Phillip Gianolio-Falk of Highland Park, New Jersey; step-grandchildren, Rachel and Richard Dietz of Austin, Texas, Lacy Olson (Larry) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Alexandra Logan of Dickenson, Texas, T.J. Avery (Tanya) of Houston, Texas; step-grand-children, Levi David Olson of Corpus Christi, Texas, Henry and Michael Avery, of Houston, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Congregation Beth Israel followed by a reception at the Temple.

Enormous gratitude is extended to Dr. James Hines and Dr. Sean Hopper to special friend, Mike Tremier, and to Pam Parker and Stephanie of Angel Bright Hospice. If friends would like to celebrate the life of this exceptional man, contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Israel, 4402 Saratoga, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413.

In life as in death, we belong to God.

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