University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Ray S. Bassler graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1902 from the University of Cincinnati.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States
Bassler did graduate work at George Washington University, taking the Master of Science in 1903 and Ph.D. in 1905.
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The purpose of this publication is to present (1) faunal lists of the Paleozoic corals of the world arranged in stratigraphic order, and (2) descriptions of several families of Ordovician tetracorals. In Part I each citation includes the present accepted generic and specific term, author, and the date with the type and other localities and geologic formations appropriately marked, followed in parentheses by the synonyms (if any) of each species with the same data designated and any additional information.
Ray Bassler graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1902 from the University of Cincinnati. Bassler did graduate work at George Washington University, taking the Master of Science in 1903 and Ph.D. in 1905.
After taking his Ph.D. degree in 1905 from the George Washington University, during this time Bassler was employed by the United States National Museum. In his presidential address to the Paleontological Society in 1933, Bassler lamented the passing of an era when training was acquired more in the field than in the classroom.
He was affiliated with George Washington University and the United States National Museum for nearly four decades.
In the 1933 presidential address, Bassler advocated the classical geological practice of retouching photographs of specimens, a position that has led modem paleontologists to characterize his work as “enthusiastic.”
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As a youth, Bassler had himself spent many hours collecting marine fossils in the dusty Ordovician outcrops near his Cincinnati home and had worked after high school every day as technical assistant to E. O. Ulrich. Bassler’s close association with Ulrich lasted well beyond his high-school days. When the elder scientist moved to Washington, the younger withdrew from the University of Cincinnati and followed him. Ulrich’s influence colored his entire career. He adopted Ulrich’s methods and approaches to problems, his interest in paleontology, and his passion for collections and catalogs.
Bassler was a member of the Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society of America, Geological Society of America, Washington Academy of Science, Geological Society of Washington, Geological Society of London, Academy of Sciences (Philadelphia). He also held a membership in the Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Society Natural History of Tartu, Cosmos Club (Washington).
Raymond Bassler was married twice. His first wife's name was Clara M. Bloom, whom he married on November 24, 1902. He was married a second time to Alida Baker on September 5, 1939.