Raymond A. Lamontagne

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Ray Lamontagne "was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 14, 1934. He is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy '53 and Yale University '57. Upon graduation, Lamontagne received a Yale in China fellowship, studied Mandarin at the Yale Far Eastern Language Institute, and taught at New Asia College in Kowloon, Hong Kong for two years. In 1959, he served on the faculty at Phillip Andover and as staff director of The Andover Program, a major capital campaign. After spending the summer of 1960 as a Group Leader for Crossroads Africa during which he led a group of students in the building of a school just outside of Liberville, Gabon, Ray entered Yale Law School. He took a leave of absence after his first year to join Sargent Shriver in Washington D.C. as one of the early organizers of the Peace Corps. He returned to Yale and completed his law studies in 1964.

"After graduation, Lamontagne became an Associate of John D. Rockefeller 3rd in New York City and was involved with numerous non-profit organizations founded by or chaired by John D.Rockefeller 3rd such as the Asia Society, the Japan Society, the Population Council, the Agricultural Development Council and other similar philanthropic organizations.

"In 1968, Lamontagne founded Lano International Inc., a private investment company and served as its President until 1983. He then became President of Seavest,Inc. another private investment company until he retired in 1999.

"In 1987, when Paul Newman launched his effort to create the Hole in the Wall Camp for children with life-threatening diseases, Lamontagne joined the Board and served as Chairman of the capital campaign that raised the monies to build the first camp. He now serves as Chairman of that Board and was the founding Chairman of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps that oversees the development of similar camps all over the world. Lamontagne is also Chairman of the City Center 55th Street Theater Foundation, Inc. , a performing arts center in New York City, and a Director of the Dyson Foundation.

"Mr.Lamontagne has served on the Board of the Franklin and Eleanor Institute since 1987 and serves as its Vice Chair. Of special note is the fact that during the summer of 1957, Lamontagne was invited to spend a weekend at Val-Kill as the guest of Eleanor Rossevelt. It was the beginning of a life-long interest in the legacy of the Roosevelt Family." [1]