Long-time Wilton resident Ray H. Dovell, age 88, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on May 19, 2013. Ray was born in Houston, Texas in 1925, where his parents spent the early years of their marriage as reporters on the Houston Star. Ray grew up in Bronxville, New York where he was active in the Boy Scouts, hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in his teenage years, and serving on Appalachian Mountain Club crews as a “hut boy.”
Ray’s college years at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, were interrupted by his service in the U. S. Navy. After his freshman year he enlisted in the Navy’s V-12 program at Duke University, followed by Midshipman School at Columbia University. He was a “90-day wonder,” commissioned as an officer at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York in the spring of 1945. As an Ensign he was assigned to the USS Morris out of Hunter’s Point, CA; however, it had been damaged in the Pacific and he was involved in its repair before it was subsequently de-commissioned. Ray served on the mine sweeper USS Chinchona, laying nets along the West Coast until the end of the War. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1956.