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Tony Stewart Remembers Ray Stone

I wish to share my thoughts on the passing of my good friend Ray Stone. In 1970, I was interviewed by NIC Dean of Instruction Ray Stone and NIC President Barry Schuler for the opening political science position. Ray called two days later to offer me the position that begin a more than four decades of friendship. I served as chair of the NIC Division of Social Science for 14 years and during most of that time I reported to Dean Stone. When Ray decided to seek a seat on the Coeur d’Alene City Council, I became involved in that first campaign and continued to work in all his other races for council and mayor. We spent many hours together addressing political issues and most important of all we worked with other members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations to promote human rights in Coeur d’Alene and the region. Ray was so proud of three very significant and special human rights ceremonies and events that took place while he was mayor. More here.

Question: What will Ray Stone be remembered for?

Ex-Mayor Recalled As ‘Feisty,’ ‘Kind’

Ray Stone was not one to back down from political pressures. “You always knew where he stood,” Ron Edinger said of the former Coeur d'Alene mayor. “He was a very staunch Democrat - and he always let you know it. He stood by what he believed.” Stone, Coeur d'Alene's mayor from 1986 to 1994 and a city council member from 1971 to 1979, died at The Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene Monday. He was 89. Stone was also a World War II veteran, the leader and drummer of a local band called The Ray Stone Swing Band, a teacher and a former dean at North Idaho College. Edinger, also a former Coeur d'Alene mayor and city council member who served with Stone, said Stone looked out for the “little guy or underprivileged person” “I lost a dear friend in Ray Stone and a good golfing buddy,” Edinger said. “He was a feisty and kind-hearted man”/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: In 1995, Ray Stone tells an audience at the Coeur d'Alene Library about his experience in helping liberate a Nazi concentration camp)

DFO: Feel free to share any other remembrances you have of former, two-term mayor Ray Stone.

Update: Ex-Mayor Ray Stone, RIP

Former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Ray Stone, a World War II veteran, educator and jazz musician, died Sunday. Stone served on the City Council from 1971 to 1979 and served two terms as mayor, from 1986 to 1993. Al Hassell followed him as mayor. “He had a heart of gold that he protected with a crusty exterior,” said Susan Weathers, the former city clerk. “He loved Coeur d’Alene, he loved to be an ambassador for the city of Coeur d’Alene.” Stone taught at Coeur d’Alene High School and North Idaho College. As mayor he became active in the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations to counter the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations that had taken root in the county. In 1987, Stone and others accepted the Raoul Wallenberg Award, presented to the city for its human rights work. (Kathy Plonka SR file photo: Ray & Betty Stone in 2010)

Question: Do you remember when Ray Stone served as mayor?

Poll: Bloem Best Mayor In 30 Years

  • Weekend Poll: A plurality of 49% considers current Mayor Sandi Bloem to be the best Coeur d'Alene mayor of the past 30 years. 88 of 181 respondents (48.62%) tabbed Bloem as the best major in recent memory. Ray Stone, who served two terms spilling into the 1990s, came in second with 50 of 181 votes (27.62%). Al Hassell, 19 of 181 (10.5%) was third, followed by Jim Fromm (16 of 181, 8.84%), and Steve Judy (8 of 181, 4.42%).
  • Today's Question: Does North Idaho still have a problem with racism that requires vigilance on the part of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

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