On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Raymond Johns Davis Egan, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at age 88. Ray was born on August 22, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Florence Carter and Raymond Davis. As a boy in Hawaii, he observed the bombing of Pearl Harbor from a hillside. As a result of the outbreak of WWII, his family moved to the Yukon Territory, where his step-father, James Egan, worked on the Alcan Highway. Ray served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a raido operator at March Air Force Base. After completing his military service, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1960. Ray began his career at the Electronics Research Labs at Stanford, researching the physics of radio wave interaction with the ionosphere. He soon moved to Granger Associates in Santa Clara, where he was Vice-President of Research and Development. Before his retirement he worked at NEC America, where he served as Vice President and General Manager. His engineering work required extensive travel to many countries as well as many remote locations around the world. He worked in the field of telecommunications for over 35 years.
Ray had a passion for technology, flying, and the outdoors. He was a licensed pilot who flew extensively in the West and Southwest United States and in Mexico.Throughout his career, he enjoyed his time off by relaxing at both Lake Powell and at Fallen Leaf Lake, where the family has a cabin. He was an avid hiker and loved camping, both in the Sierra mountains and in the desert. Following his retirement, he expanded his adventures to include exploring the US, Canada, and Mexico in a motorhome. He had a life-long interest in technology and was actively involved in ham radio and in emergency communications for the town of Los Altos Hills for many years. He had a sharp wit and mischievous sense of humor that were enjoyed by all who knew him. Ray is survived by his loving wife, Christine, his children, Kathie Laurence and her husband Scott Laurence, Karyn Brelloch and her husband John Brelloch, Carol King and her husband Tom King, and Brian Egan and his wife Agnieszka Egan, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson, as well as his nieces and nephews. Donations may be sent to Stanford University School of Engineering.