Stahl, Ray, 1917-2003
Ray Stahl was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1917 to Curtis and Josephine King Stahl. On August 25, 1941, he married Faith (Worrell) Stahl of Hillsville, Virginia. They had two children, Ellen and Ray, Jr.
Stahl graduated from Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history and economics in 1938. In 1943, he graduated from Butler University with a master’s of divinity. After graduating, he ministered to rural churches in Indiana before becoming minister at Brentwood Christian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1943-1946. In 1946, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in education. From 1946-1950, he ministered at First Christian Church in Erwin, Tennessee.
In 1950, Stahl became business manager and public relations director for Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee, a position he held until 1968. In 1968, he received a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and was hired as Director of Public Relations at East Tennessee State University. He remained director until 1978. He served as Chairman of Public Relations for the East Tennessee Education Association from 1969-1978.
Stahl was appointed the official Johnson City historian in 1986. As city historian, he authored Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History and The History of the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.
Additional publications authored by Stahl include: How to Finance the Local Church, Six Decades of Progress; History of Tennessee – Virginia Energy Corporation; and Money, Wealth, the Bible, and You. He contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers.
Stahl died on July 9, 2003.
Citation:Box 5, Folder "Ray Stahl" Collection file
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The collection consists of Ray Stahl's research materials regarding Johnson City history, events, and historic figures. Documentation includes collected articles, research notes, correspondence, speeches, writings, newsclippings, and photographs.