Interview with Ray Pauken
Ray grew up in northern Ohio, one of eight children. At age 10, he began playing the banjo. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he did his student teaching at Cassingham Elementary School. Ray joined the Columbus School System and taught at several schools prior to heading Consumer Education and the Adopt-A-School Program.
Did you join the sing-alongs as Ray played his banjo with John Farley on piano at Planks at Whittier and High Streets? They were Saturday night fixtures there for 25 years.
A long-time Gould Road resident, Ray now lives at Bexley House. He loves the community feeling in Bexley and the sense of camaraderie.
Did You Know …
- Robert Jeffrey was mayor of Columbus from 1903-1905.
- Walter English was founder of COSI.
- Dr. Judah Folkman was a pioneer in cancer research and a recipient of many medical honors.
- Eileen Heckart, an Emmy, Tony and Oscar winner, was a cheerleader at Bexley High School.
- Carrington T. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, was a judge at the Nuremberg Trials following WWII
These five, all former Bexley residents, are featured in the Historical Society’s Victorian Portrait Parlor.
Originally published in Historical Herald, Fall 2013
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