Ray O’Conor is the author of, She Called Him Raymond… a true story of love, loss, faith and healing.
Ray left his position as a bank CEO to research and write the story of Helen Gregg and Clarence R. Stephenson, two ordinary people who led extraordinary lives during the most tumultuous period in history. James Bradley, National Best Selling Author of Flags of our Fathers and The China Mirage, says She Called Him Raymond is a story that “… touches the heart and stirs the soul.”
Ray has written weekly columns and opinion pieces for newspapers and published articles in regional magazines. He has been the subject of newspaper, Associated Press and magazine stories on topics ranging from endurance sports and mountaineering, to business, economics and politics. He is an accomplished public speaker.
Prior careers found Ray as a Financial Consultant with a major Wall Street investment firm, a United States Border Patrol Agent and a Special Agent with the United States Department of Defense.
Ray now devotes his time to narrative non-fiction writing and is the CEO of a not for profit community development company. He has served on the boards of several not for profit organizations and contributed to many charitable causes.
His extensive community service earned Ray the Distinguished Leadership Award by the National Association for Community Leadership, the American Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Community Action Award. He was also named a “Wheaties Everyday Champion,” for his volunteer and athletic accomplishments.
Ray’s avocations are mountain climbing and competing in endurance sports. He lives near Saratoga Springs, New York with his wife, Mary.
“The essentials of life… something to do, something to love,
something to hope for and something to believe in.”