Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship

on Feb 27, 2014 by Lewis R. Gale

Dear Alumni & Friends of the Eberhardt School of Business:

During my time of nearly four years as Dean, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many alumni and friends of the Eberhardt School. While on these visits, I often ask about those who have made a real difference in the Pacific experience. Many names are often mentioned, but Ray Sylvester’s name comes up in almost every conversation.

When Ray informed me that he would be officially retiring from the University at the end of this academic year after nearly 42 years of dedication and service to the University, I asked him if we could create a scholarship in his name. I also asked that he spend some time thinking about what type of scholarship would have the best impact on students from his perspective. Ray determined that we needed to find a way to provide support for students who are in financial need during their sophomore through senior years. With the announcement of the Powell Match program, we worked together to develop a scholarship in Ray’s name to meet the $50,000 goal to qualify for a dollar-for-dollar match, thereby doubling the impact of the contributions. Our objective was to surprise Ray at his retirement reception in April with the funds raised and ready to submit for the match.

On February 5th, we lost an incredible teacher, advisor, administrator, and friend when Ray Sylvester passed away. As Ray’s partner, Peggy Rosson, and I were recently discussing Ray’s career at Pacific, she mentioned the scholarship. She said Ray was so proud to have a scholarship named after him, especially one designed to help students he often met with who had great expectations for success. She said that the best way to honor Ray would be to do whatever I could to make that scholarship a reality. With Peggy’s blessing, we have renamed our scholarship fund the “Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship.”

I would like to ask you to consider making a contribution to this scholarship in honor of Ray, to show how much his caring service has meant to all of us and to support future generations of business students with this critical scholarship support in his name. Our goal is to far surpass the $50,000 minimum endowment threshold to establish the fund in perpetuity but if the total raised is less than $50,000, these funds will be used for current scholarships using the same eligibility criteria in Ray’s name. Once the principal of this fund exceeds the threshold, it will remain untouched and the earnings will be used for an annual distribution to support this scholarship fund.

In addition, we are developing a scrapbook of memories from former students and others who have had the pleasure of knowing him, learning from him, and working with him. If you would like to submit a note or story to be included, please do so by March 31 to Tod Davis, Eberhardt School of Business, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211 or submit online: Share Your Story

To donate online: Please remember to designate the Eberhardt School of Business and note in the comments Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship. If you would like to give by check, please make payable to University of the Pacific and in the note Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship. Mail to: University of the Pacific, Advancement Services, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA  95211. Ray-Sylvester-Memorial-Scholarship-Web.

For more information on the Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship, or the Eberhardt School of Business, please feel free to contact Tod Davis at 209.946.2998 or

Thank you for your consideration.


Lewis R. Gale, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Business

Note: Ray Sylvester – A Celebration of Life

One Response to “Ray Sylvester Memorial Scholarship”

  1. March 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm, Nancy Berberian Thompson says:

    Dear Dean Lewis Gale:

    During the time I attended Pacific, it was Ray sylvester who made a positive affect on my life and my time there. Without him and his guidance, I am not sure where I would be and what I would be doing. I can honestly say he made a difference in my life and I am saddened by his passing. Todd and I will attend the service on Thursday and I know Pacific has lost a dear and wonderful smart hardworking individual. May God Rest His Soul!