Centennial College Retirees Association (CCRA)



Retired Executive Vice President Academic Ray Devlin passed away on July 7 at the age of 83. He will be deeply missed by his family and by his friends and colleagues - many of whom he met during his 25 years at Centennial College. 

Ray Devlin was born in Vancouver and raised in Powell River, BC, and educated at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. He joined Centennial in its infancy in 1968 as Coordinator of Instructor Education in the Continuing Education division. Working with Dean Bev McCauley, Ray helped to establish customized training courses for local employers, as well as satellite campuses to make evening courses more convenient for adults wishing to study part-time. The first of Centennial's innovative satellite locations was established at Thorncliffe Plaza in 1971. 

Ray was appointed Dean of Continuing Education the same year and under his leadership the division expanded rapidly, gaining six satellite locations and a CE enrolment of 20,000 learners by 1974. When Centennial College trademarked its "Night Out" calendar, it became a staple in east Toronto homes as the go-to source for part-time learning. 

In 1977, Ray was named Vice President Academic, a position he served admirably until June, 1993, when new President Catherine Henderson made a number of changes to the senior executive team. Ray quietly retired, but not before establishing a scholarship in his name to assist mature students returning to college after years in the workplace. 

Ray was predeceased by his spouse, Beverley, in 2014. A small gathering to remember Ray was held on July 10, attended by family members and a few close friends.