Ray Kammer, an Honorary Member of our Club, passed away on March 10, 2016.
Ray retired with an engineering background, which he used in sales and marketing for several companies during the course of his career. He said that he did not retire, but “refocused” to become an accomplished nature photographer.
He traveled extensively, visiting every continent. He photographed polar bears in the Arctic, penguins in Antarctica, birds in the Galapagos and Falkland Islands, monkeys in Japan, pandas in China, game in South Africa, whales in Baja, Brown Bears in Alaska, and most recently Spirit Bears in Canada.
He is remembered by club members as an outstanding photographer, who was never too busy to mentor or help out a fellow member. Many of our members said that they remember his encouragement, helpfulness, and positive attitude, whether it was sending an email, greeting members at the door of meetings, or helping someone improve their photography. Ray was the club president from 1997-99, and also served as Vice-President.
A Memorial was given by the club to Villa St. Benedict in Lisle.