Robert Ray, III recently died. He was born in Bath County, Virginia in 1922, and studied at the University of Virginia.
During WWII, he served with the Army Map Service translating Chinese maps.
In 1946, he started Cavalier Antiques in Georgetown and in 1962 moved his business to 400 Prince Street in Old Town, Alexandria. He took great pleasure in learning about, owning and dealing in fine Oriental porcelains, ancient artifacts and 18th century American furniture. He continued buying and trading antiques into his late 80's.
He was married 21 years to Elizabeth Waters Ray from 1946 to her death in 1967. He is survived by his son Robert Ray, IV who still runs Cavalier Antiques, his daughter-in-law Mary C. Ray, a licensed clinical social worker, and his granddaughter Catherine E. Ray, a senior at George Mason University.