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Guest Book for Timothy Ray

Russ Kubisiak

Missoula Montana

Tim was/is a valued mentor of mine. He was always generous, always honest and kept no slack in the rope; no doubt his nautical training. I always found him to be a bit meta-physical: If he was talking about a coffee cup he would talk about the space around the coffee cup and at some point, if you were paying attention, and I was, you would realize that what he was really talking about was the part of the idea he was not defining except by omission, the invisible compliment.
About 20 years after I graduated from Moorhead State, I was lucky enough to encounter him again on the tennis court and over the dinner table here in Missoula. Goodbye Tim, thanks for your support!

Mike Hulett

Moorhead MN


I am so sorry for your recent losses. I am sending good thoughts your way.


Jeff Freeman

Vermillion SD

Tim had one of the most solid critical minds regarding art in the region. It was always rewarding and enjoyable to share a few beers with him and talk about art and other things. He was a terrific human being and I will miss him.

Lynnette Brosowske

moorhead mn

So sorry to hear of the passing of Tim. Our sympathy to Ann and his family and friends.

Jon Solinger

Pelican Rapids MN

I first met Tim in the 1980s while I was an art student at Moorhead State University. His passion for art and teaching inspired me then, and I have had great admiration and respect for him ever since. I still feel inspired to try to be more like him: skilled, dedicated, intelligent, funny, kind and generous.

Sharon Trieglaff Jons

Moorhead MN

Tim taught me handmade paper techniques in the early 90's. Later, when he became chairman of the art department, Tim hired me as an artist in residence to assist him in the class. He was a pleasure and an encouragement to me. I was an older than average student, mostly self taught in art.
Tim saw my desire to be counted as an artist, while other instructors there only had criticism for my progress.
He also opened some doors for me.
Tim was a wonderful teacher with intuitive people skills with amazing talent with his craft.
My heart is with you today.



Tim will be missed by all who knew and worked with him. He commanded the deep respect and admiration of the MSUM students, faculty, and administration for his leadership, his teaching skills and the remarkable strength of his art. The visual field was his playground. Thanks Tim, for some great years working together.

Roger Minch

Fargo ND

Sorry I missed the ND museum of art opening and memoirs for Tim today (2/17/13).
I did several sailing trips with Tim, Gene Johnson, Rick Stern, Dean Eggermont et al., on Windsong II out of Superior Charters by the Apostile Islands, WI
Tim was just an excellent sailor, a true seaman. He got us to get along no matter what and we had some hard times, such as a storm I thought would leave us marooned or lost.
I remember Tim writing down the weather forecast. Nothing left to chance. I think Tim could have done most anything, even being a world leader.

Marie Risdal

Moorhead Minnesota

Tim has been an amazing neighbor to us over the last 7 years. He was a delight to talk with and helped us learn quite a bit about the history of our homes. I will miss talking with him on his way to walk his dog. He will be truly missed. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

Kate Shanley

Missoula Montana

Timothy gave the world a new color and shape--a tremendous vision. He will be sorely missed. May all find comfort together at this time of losing him.

Virginia Clark Johnson


Our deep sympathy at this difficult time.

Virginia Clark Johnson and the Faculty, Staff and Students of the College of Human Development and Education, NDSU

Bonnie Thompson

Moorhead MN

Anne - My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, and to Tim's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Tim was such a good humored and thoughtful man, that I so enjoyed working with. He not only was a great artist, professor and supervisor, but a genuinely good friend. God bless his wonderful memory.

S.D. Nelson

Flagstaff Arizona

Timothy Ray was one of my illustrious Art Instructors at Moorhead State College in 1971. It was the time of the Vietnam War, social unrest and MSC Student protesting on campus.

In truth, one of the most striking memories that I have of Tim is found in his paintings. He practiced what he taught. As a student, I marveled at the sprayed and splattered textures that he would lay down with his paint. The surface of his paintings had a lively and appealing quality. Over these many years I have recalled the beauty of his work many times. Along with several of the other exceptional professors at Moorhead, Tim influenced my career. I taught Art in the Flagstaff, Arizona Public Schools for 28 years. The influence of Arnold Favella’s design lessons and Tim’s painting techniques appear in the children’s books that I write and illustrate.
Thank you Professor Tim Ray ~S.D.

Robert Pattengale

Petoskey MI

Tim was an excellent teacher and a wonderful friend. We taught together, played tennis, and when he visited Michigan, sailed on Walloon.
We treasure the two pieces of his that are hung in our home, and think of Tim often. We will miss him.

Tom Matchie

Rogers MN

Tim was a true friend and colleague. We
played tennis together for thirty years,
and being with him was always both a delight and an enlightening experience.
I'll miss him big time.

Ken Brown

Moorhead MN

Anne, Sean, Hillary, and family: I worked with Tim in the MSUM Art & Design department for 20 years and respected his wisdom and enjoyed his sense of humor. I learned a great deal from Tim, and my wife and I considered he and Anne good friends. I will miss talking to him in my shop while he worked on his latest art creation. Our sympathies go out to all of you in this difficult time. Tim is no longer in pain but rests in the arms of the Lord. Peace be with you. Ken and Lynn Brown

Judy Christoffersen

Dent Mn

Ann- my sympathy for your loss of Tim. Very sincerely, Judy Christoffersen

Jill holsen

Pelican Rapids MN

My heart goes out to Ann, also to Tim's family and friends.

Maureta Studebaker

Fargo ND

I am so sorry to learn of Tim's death. He was such a kind and talented person. I'm sure that you have many good memories of your times together.
Sincerely, Maureta Studebaker

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