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Robert D. Ray

Governor of Iowa

Died when: 89 years 285 days (1077 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Robert D. Ray

Robert Dolph Ray (September 26, 1928 – July 8, 2018) was an American lawyer and Republican politician.He served as the 38th governor of Iowa from January 16, 1969 to January 14, 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.

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