Dr. Ray Stantz

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Director of Occult Knowledge for Ghostbusters International; Co-Founder of Ghostbusters Inc.

"As a board member of Ghostbusters International, I am informing you that we have been contracted to remove you from this place. Leave peacefully, or we will be forced to contain you with extreme prejudice..."

Personal Timeline of Dr. Ray Stantz
Early 1950's
David Stantz marries Scottish girl Carolyn MacMillan. Stantz is part of large family (at least two brothers and a sister) and becomes a doctor.

Carl Stantz, the first child of Dr. David Stantz and his wife Carloyn, is born (presumably in the Bronx)

October 13 Raymond Francis Stantz is born in the Bronx.

Birth of Jean Stantz, the third child of David and Carolyn.

Sometime before 1970, the Stantzes move to Morrisville, but the timing and reasons of this move have not been established. It is believed that an unnamed brother of David's lives in or near Morrisville.

Dr. David Stantz and his wife Carolyn die in a car accident. Their three children are split between different homes--Ray remains in Morrisville, and is raised by a cold, emotionally distant uncle.

Carl Stantz enlists in the United States Air Force. By 1983, he is married and the father of two sons. Details on Jean's life are sketchier, but by 1983 she had already married, had a daugther, divorced, and moved to California to pursue a bisexual life style (she might also date Venkman at some point)

Ray Stantz graduates high school and attentds Columbia University. He meets two guys named Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler. By 1983, the three all have PhDs and work as parapsychology researchers at Columbia's Weaver Hall. Ray works for a private company, East Industries, for a brief time.

Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler are fired from Columbia, and form Ghostbusters Inc.

Ray inherits the joke shop of his father's brother, Gaylord Stantz. He eventually sells it.

Ray meets Katharine Summers in England

Ghostbusters Inc. is forced from business. Ray uses the money from the sale of Gaylord's joke shop to open his own occult bookstore in Greenwich Village. He and Winston Zeddemore appear at children's parties in Ghostbuster costume over the next two years

Late in the year, Ghostbusters Inc. reactivates.

Ray Stantz meets Elizabeth Hawthorne, the Hermetic maga known as "Lady Enlightenment"

Late 1991
Ghostbusters Inc. is dissolved once more, at Egon's instigation, leading to a major rift with the other Ghostbusters as well.

Ray accepts a job as a reasearcher at Stanford. This ends when an accident destroys his lab--he is fired from Stanford and forced to work a series of demeaning odd jobs--by the end of 1997, he's a used car salesman in Colorado.

Ray Stantz marries
The exact timing of Ray's marriage and the identity of his wife have not been established. Elaine Fuhrman ("Look Homeward Ray" is one possibility. Katharine Summers ("A Lawsuit is Better Than Hell (But Only Just)" and Liz Hawthorne ("Shadow of the Inquisitors") are also possibilities

Birth of Eric Stantz

Late in the year, the original Ghostbusters are reunited by the efforts of Janine Melnitz. Ray and his family return to New York in early 1998, and resume activities with the company.

Future Fate
Ray is still alive in the year 2023, as seen in "Future Shocks", as is his wife, Eric's mother. Eric is a Hermetic Wizard, and a member of the Ghostbusters
Known Relatives of Dr. Ray Stantz
Wife--identity unrevealed (married 1995)

Eric Stantz
Relation: Son (born 1996)
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Dr. David Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Father
Canon: combines GB1 novelization and Fan (Shiela Paulson)

Carolyn MacMillan Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Mother
Canon: Combines GB1 novelization and Fan (Shiela Paulson) Maiden name is RGB.

Andrew MacMillan (deceased)
Relation: Uncle
Canon: RGB

Major Carl Stantz, USAF
Relation: Brother
Canon: GB1 novelization. Carl has a wife and two sons, but their names have not been revealed.

Gaylord Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Uncle
Canon: RGB

Jean Stantz
Relation: Sister
Canon: GB1 novelization. By 1983 she has married and divorced, and has a daughter--her married name and the name of her child are unrevealed.

Lois Stantz
Relation: Aunt
Canon: RGB

Samantha Stantz
Relation: Third cousin
Canon: RGB; exact relation is Fan (Matthew Riddle)

Ray Stantz Gallery

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