Midtown Historic Preservation Consultant Passes

Bamby Ray worked on many historic properties in the city including the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills development project and the Glenn Hotel.

The Midtown Neighborhood and Atlanta recently lost one of its true historians with the passing of Muriel "Bamby" Ray on July 28, 2012.

Ray was diagnosed with a very rare inoperable cancer in March just after an Italian vacation. She died at her home in Midtown.

According to her obituary on Legacy.com:

Bamby began her work as a historic preservation consultant working on many historic properties in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. At the time of her death she was actively working on City Hall East. Bill and Bamby with their children lived all over the world including Hawaii, Germany, Hong Kong and the Philippines. She is survived by her husband Bill of 55 years; sons Bill Ray and Gus Ray; and a daughter Karen Ray. The family request donations be made to the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta GA 30305 (www.atlantahis torycenter.com) There will be a private family service in North Carolina.

It is also believed that at a later date there will be a memorial service in town, possible at Manuel’s Tavern.

A few years ago, Atlanta INtown ran a brief profile on Ray along with a Q&A. It can be viewed here.

Brandy H Morrison August 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
How sad. Bamby was a lovely woman. She will be missed.
Alice Pickett August 06, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Bamby laid the ground work for the APC Midtown tours and led them all originally. I joined the group that gave these great tours and loved talking to Bamby. Her presence at any meeting or event made it more fun as her knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious. I want her family to know that she had that quality of serious endeavor without being exclusive or unfriendly. We were only acquaintances, but I thought about her often and she will be missed by many. Alice Brown Pickett
Rebecca Roberts November 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I knew Bamby through the Atlanta Preservation Center, first as a fellow Historic Downtown tour guide. Later I joined the staff of the APC and got to know Bamby well and did many things with her: for the Adopt a Building program she coordinated/orchestrated the visits to the Atlanta History Center archives where the students learned so much about researching Atlanta history and to the basement of the Fulton County Courthouse to learn the enormous difficulties of researching Atlanta history. She arranged and gave tours of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill for many with her usual enthusiasm and joy in sharing the depths and breadths of Atlanta history. Did she have stories to tell!!!! I never thought Bamby would ever slow down, much less leave us. I will miss her terribly.


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