Clipped From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Ray admitted this himself as he sat in his study this forenoon and gave an Eagle reporter the above interesting facts. Dr. Ray will be 76 years of age April 19 next. He was born in Bcekman street, Manhattan, where he attended the public schools. He began life as an apprentice to Dr. James McCune Smith, then a well known practitioner, who had received bis education in Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of the Academy of Medicine of New York City and a member of the New York Historical Society. Dr. Smith, who is many years dead, received a medal from the American Geographical Society for a work he wrote describing the islands of the Caribbean Sea. Dr. Ray remained in Dr. Smith's service for six years, until he was 20, attending meantime lectures In the New York College of Pharmacy, which was then in a garret with bare rafters for a ceiling at Broadway and Reade street, Manhattan. Lawrence F. Reade was professor of chemistry and Benjamin F. Mc - Cready professor of materia medica. After leaving Dr. Smith's service Dr. Ray attended Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Me., for some time, and afterward Castleton College, Vermont, where he graduated as a physician, receiving the degree of M. D. in 1849. From there Dr. Ray went to Boston, where he became an assistant to Dr. Warren in the Massachusetts General Hospital. After filling that position for nine months Dr. Ray was given charge of the smallpox hospital in Charlestown. Mas: - :. Ha came to this borough in July. 1850. When he opened the drug store on Keap street he was hacked by Dr. William C. Roberts, then a professor of obstetrics in Manhattan, as well as his preceptor. Dr. Smith, and he received many of the patients of both these men with their consent.