Ray C. Friesner was born February 8, 1894, at Bremen, Ohio, and died December 1, 1952, in Indianapolis, Indiana, after thirty-three years of faithful service to Butler University. He was educated in the Bremen public schools and received his A.B. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1916. The University of Michigan granted him the Ph.D. degree in 1919 and the same year he went to Butler University as instructor in biology. In 1920 he was made head of the new department of botany, a position he held until his death. He was married to Gladys Miller in June, 1925.