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Statement from Dr. Charles Welch, President of Arkansas State University System, on the passing of Ray Thornton


"On behalf of the entire Arkansas State University System, I want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Ray Thornton on his passing.  Mr. Thornton was a legendary figure for higher education in the state of Arkansas, serving both as the president of Arkansas State and later for the UA System.  Combined with his service as a congressman, attorney general and Arkansas Supreme Court justice, Ray was the quintessential advocate for his home state.  While we mourn his passing, we know his achievements in public service to our state will serve as his enduring legacy."


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Ray Thornton, President of Arkansas State, 1980-84