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"Robert D. Ray - An Iowa Treasure" book donated to Iowa public libraries

"Robert D. Ray - An Iowa Treasure" book donated to Iowa public libraries

Robert Ray and Nancy Medema

Des Moines--Keep Iowa Beautiful presents a new publication honoring Robert D. Ray an Iowa Treasure. KIB with support of the family and friends have put together a photographic journey with Bob and Billie Ray.   Iowa’s former governor, university president, mayor, corporate CEO, humanitarian and international leader provides his views of Iowa and other special places and people around the world through his camera and the cameras of others.

Governor Ray presented the first copies of his new book, "Robert D. Ray - An Iowa Treasure" Friday, May 10th at the Des Moines Public Library (DMPL). In addition to DMPL staff, Nancy Medema, Program Director, Iowa Library Services Library Support Network, and Sarah Willeford, President-elect of the Iowa Library Association, were on hand to receive copies of the book. Through a grant from Prairie Meadows, copies of the book will be sent to all 544 public libraries and branches serving Iowa.

Governor Ray was co-founder of Keep Iowa Beautiful in 2000 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.   All proceeds from the sale of the hard cover book, will support the programs of Keep Iowa Beautiful.

“One of my proudest achievements was serving as Co-founder and Co-chairman of Keep Iowa Beautiful. Building stronger communities for our citizens to live, work and raise a family is a goal of KIB. I hope you enjoy this historical tour of Iowa and the world through a camera,” said Governor Ray.

“Sharing Governor Ray’s photos with Iowa is one way to create that passion for making Iowa and the world a better place,” added Kevin Techau, Chairman of KIB’s Board of Directors and President of the Des Moines Public Library Board of Trustees.  “Without Ray’s leadership, we would not have a statewide organization with the mission of KIB.”

Besides serving as Iowa’s Governor for 14 years, Ray was the President of Drake University, Mayor of Des Moines, Corporate CEO, humanitarian, and an avid photographer.  At one time he had his own black and white dark room in his home.

Iowa public libraries should receive their free copies of the book in the next couple of weeks.

The full color, 160 page hard cover book sells for $29.95 plus $5.95 for shipping and handling.  A soft cover version is available for $24.95 plus shipping.  Robert D. Ray-An Iowa Treasure can be purchased online at

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