The legal community lost a wonderful friend in June,
when David Ray left us after a valiant fight with cancer. David was
a Renaissance man, living life to the fullest at all times and in all of
his many endeavors. He started his professional life as an actor, a skill
that stood him in good stead throughout his legal career, then as a CPA,
where he honed his business skills and set the stage for his later success
as a state and federal court receiver and a bankruptcy trustee. David
excelled in everything he did, rising to national recognition as head of
the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees in 2003. He was a founding
member of the Los Angeles / Orange County Receivers Forum, serving as its
President in 1997, and a founding member of the statewide California
Receivers Forum, serving as its President in 1998.
David cut a handsome figure, whether in court,
driving one of his beloved exotic cars, traveling to Southeast Asia, or
presiding over his many boards. He was a man of grace, intelligence,
sophistication....and a caring friend. Above all, he adored his beloved
wife, Arlene, and his loving family, all of whom he held close.
David was always ready to lend a hand to a
colleague, whether in need of a professional ear or a personal shoulder.
He was empathetic and always available. David possessed an ability to have
a “30,000 foot view” of organizational direction and challenges and
offered his sage guidance for the issue at hand. His visions of the best
course of action have stood the test of time.
In 1990, David and Arlene became the first
Founding Presidents of STOP CANCER, an organization committed to funding
cancer research, and in November, 2012, David and Arlene were honored with
the STOP CANCER Award of Distinction for their unwavering support.
David will always be lovingly remembered.
*Edythe L. Bronston is a sole
practitioner in Sherman Oaks, whose practice emphasizes all aspects of
provisional remedies, especially receiverships. She has been a member of
the Provisional & Post-Judgment Remedies section of the Los Angeles County
Bar Association since 1984 and is a founding Director of the California