Dr. Raymond J. Grandfield, Jr.August 30, 1931 ~ July 28, 2017 (age 85)
Raymond J. Grandfield, Jr. passed away July 28, 2017. He was the son of Raymond J. Grandfield and Anna P. (Neihaus) Grandfield. He was born in Reading, OH on August 30, 1931.
Dr. Grandfield graduated from St. Gabriel High School in Glendale, OH in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Following the service he returned to Reading and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1957 and started his professional career as a Teacher-Coordinator of Distributive Education at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ. He received his Masters degree from Temple University in 1959.
In 1960, Ray moved to Carlsbad Senior High School in Carlsbad, NM, where he also taught for the Carlsbad Branch of the New Mexico State University. Additionally, he taught various management courses for Potash Corporation of America, Southwest Potash Company, and U.S. Borax. He served on the Board of Directors of the United Fund and the March of Dimes where he was Community Campaign Director.
In 1964, Dr. Grandfield joined the State Department of Education in Wyoming as the State Director of Business and Distributive Education. During his tenure he served on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Economic Council, the Wyoming Vocational Association and the Board for the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). He also served as the Secretary for two years for the National Association of State Supervisors of Distributive Education (NASSDE).
In 1968 Dr. Grandfield joined the faculty of the Business and Economics Department at Delaware State College, now Delaware State University, where he remained until his retirement in 1998. He received his doctorate from Temple University in 1972. During his tenure at DSU he chaired the Business Department from 1983-1986 and again from 1993-1996. During his professional career Dr. Grandfield authored or co-authored six books, twenty-three articles and one hundred fifteen monographs. He was a member of a number of civic organizations and boards of directors. He was a member of Delta Psi, Epsilon Delta Epsilon, Delta Mu Delta, Delta Pi Epsilon, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was recognized as Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Education, Contemporary American Writers, Outstanding Educators of America, and he was a Life Member of the National Education Association and the American Vocational Association. Dr. Grandfield felt his greatest privilege was watching the success of his students in life.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Grandfield Bushelman, his brother James (Jim), and his daughter Kathleen. He is survived by his wife Carol of Felton, DE; his first wife Jennilee Grandfield of Zellwood, FL; daughters Maureen Miller (Paul) of Peoria, AZ, Kelly Grandfield of Apopka, FL, and Holly Grandfield of Milton, DE as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, August 6 at McKnatt, Carpenter and Baker Funeral Home, 50 Commerce Street, Harrington, DE from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, 109 Dixon Street, Harrington, DE. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear, DE at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.