Bachelor of Arts Cincinnati, 1935. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1937.
With, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, since 1937;
assistant manager, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, 1944-1949;
manager, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, Boston, 1950-1967;
partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company. New York City, 1968-1994;
partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, Boston, 1994-1995;
limited partner, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, Boston, since 1996. Trustee emeritus Altantic Mutual Insurance Company.
New York City; member international board advisors Australia and new Zealand Banking Group, Ltd., 1987-1991. Board directors United States-New Zealand Business Council, 1990-1995.
Board directors Robert Brunner Foundation, 1957-1994, Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, Inc., 1978-1989. Director, trustee emeritus American Friends of the Australian National Gallery. Member American advisory board John Curtin Center, Perth, Australia.
Member Bankers Association for Foreign Trade (president 1966-1967), Harvard Business School Association (president 1963-1964, executive council), Robert Morris Associates (president Northeast 1962-1963), Pilgrims United States, American Australian Association (patron), United States-New Zealand Business Council, S.R. (lfe), Asia Society (Annual award 1988), Skating Club Boston (president 1956-1958), Brookline (Massachusetts) Country Club, Union Club New York City, India House New York City, Fishers Island (New York ) Club, Mountain Lake Club (Lake Wales, Florida), Order of Australia (honorary, officer), Order of Malta, Somerset Club Boston, Phi Beta Kappa Associates (honorary board directors).
Married Helen Payne, 1939. Children: Katharine Ray Sturgis, Barbara Ray Stevens, Mary Ray Struthers, Margaret Ray Gilbert, Whitney Ray Dawson, William F. III, Susan.