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Ray Hugh and Olive Garvey

Ray Hugh Garvey
Born: January 3, 1893. Died: June 29, 1959.

Olive White Garvey
Born: July 15, 1893. Died: 1993. Married: 1916. Entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Described by some as a force of nature, Ray H. Garvey enjoyed business for the challenges it presented and for the things that could be accomplished by it. Garvey could move fast and was not bothered by taking chances. His biggest ventures had to do with building grain elevators which had an enormous total capacity. He also had extensive holdings in land for raising cattle and growing grain, as well as oil operations. He had businesses in several western states.

After R. H. was killed in a car accident his wife Olive continued to run the companies. Through the Garvey Foundation she contributed millions of dollars to schools, charities, the arts and other public project in Wichita and across Kansas. Olive Garvey was named the Native Sons and Daughters' Kansan of the Year in 1983. Ray was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame in 1993.

Entry: Garvey, Ray Hugh and Olive

Author: G. Joseph Pierron

Author information: Judge Pierron serves on the Kansas Court of Appeals and has an interest in Kansas history.

Date Created: November 2012

Date Modified: May 2014

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