OSU First Lady Dies at Age 67

Beth RayCORVALLIS, Ore. — Students and staff at Oregon State University are remembering the life of the school’s first lady.

She lost her battle with cancer Friday.

Beth Ray, 67, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last year. Since then, she was receiving chemotherapy treatments.

The university says Ray was a huge part of the campus, attending events for faculty, staff and students. Several months ago the OSU Student Success Center was renamed after her.

“What I admired about Beth was that she was really comfortable in different settings,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President. “She was just her own. She really enjoyed learning about cultures, different foods, and about different students. Beth – if you ran into her – you could never tell that she was the First Lady. And that was really the nice thing about it. You could talk with her without really feeling a distance between you and her. She was always there at your level. And I think that’s what the community is really going to miss.”

The campus has tentatively set up a celebration of Beth Ray’s life on June 2.

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