Recollections of, and Letters to, Ray Kesner
Knowing and interacting with Raymond P. Kesner has been a privilege for many of us that has left indelible memories and impacted our own careers and personal relationships. Ray Kesner’s accomplishments range far beyond the major impact he has made by advancing knowledge about the neurobiology of learning and memory, and even beyond the development and empirical support of his “attribute model of memory.” In an attempt to portray the magnitude of Ray’s impact, we are obliged to document at least a glimpse of his presence by providing commentary from individuals for whom Ray was an important mentor, colleague, and/or friend. All of the positive attributes we cherish in academe have been exemplified by Ray throughout his career. His boundless energy, insatiable intellectual curiosity, generosity, and warm-heartedness continue to enrich many of our lives. We hope the recollections of Ray as a mentor and scientist by Bill DeCoteau and subsequent letters from colleagues captures why Raymond P. Kesner has left us with such wonderful, enduring memories. For those of you who read this section and do not know Ray, we hope that he inspires you too.