Ray donates to UWG in honor of husband

by Celia Shortt

alt

Ray

Longtime Newnan resident, civic servant, and art enthusiast JoAnn Ray recently donated $50,000 to the University of West Georgia Foundation for the new UWG campus in Newnan in honor of her husband, Samuel Teague Ray Sr.

“We decided that this would be the perfect way to recognize the things that we feel are important for Newnan and for outside our community as well,” said Ray. “I think the campus will continue to grow, and I think more students will start coming here. The university provides excellent opportunities for not only traditional students, but also for more mature students looking to increase their education.”

Both Sam and JoAnn Ray have distinguished careers and a long history of service to the community.

Ray began his 32-year public health career as the city representative for the Center for Disease Control and the Syphilis Eradication Program in New York and New Jersey. He earned his master’s degree from Tulane University, and while there he helped develop the methodology for Medicare and Medicaid certification.

He and Mrs. Ray then moved to Georgia and developed clinics in rural southern areas through the Department of Health in Atlanta.

Mrs. Ray holds a bachelor of science degree in clothing and textiles from the University of Alabama and a certificate of interior design from Atlanta University.

She is currently involved in many different organizations throughout Newnan and Coweta County and serves on the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, Board of Global Achievers and Centre Patrons. Some of her past service includes Main Street director, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society director and board member, and director of the Male Academy Museum; and serving as executive director of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

“I think the new UWG Newnan facility will be extremely impressive, simply because of the setting that it is in and that it will prevent the teardown of a historic building,” she said.

“That’s one of the things that has always been important to me, maintaining the integrity of Newnan and Coweta County. This will be a wonderful addition to our city.”

Her donation will be used to fund facility enhancements at the new UWG campus in Newnan at the Jackson Street site of the old Newnan Hospital, which is scheduled to start classes in January 2015.



More Local

Program aims to assist military chaplains

Entering into a combat zone is a life-changing experience and can have long-reaching effects that many in the civilian world remain unaware ... Read More


Newnan Walmart not part of statewide bomb threats

Bomb threats were called into Walmart stores around Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the Newnan Walmart was not one of them. Some of th ... Read More


Golden K give art in memory of Harold Barron

White Oak Golden K has donated funds for a piece of public art in memory of longtime Kiwanian Harold Barron. Malcolm Jackson, past president ... Read More


Coweta edges state in Career Readiness testing

Despite a statewide decrease in overall scores, the Coweta County School System outscored the state of Georgia in the College and Career Rea ... Read More


Home Safe

Alarm over missing child a simple mixup

County and city authorities were happy to locate a 5-year-old child safe and sound after she was reported missing on Wednesday. All four pub ... Read More

Luminaria fundraiser

Neighborhood rallies for Coweta Samaritan Clinic

More than 100 residents in one Newnan neighborhood are planning to participate in their first annual luminaria fundraiser. On Tuesday at 6:3 ... Read More