Branstad Names Capitol Conference Room After Former Iowa Governor

Four Iowa governors chat outside First Congregational Church, 361 17th Street (17th St.) SE, Wednesday prior to attending memorial services for former Gazette associate editor Frank Nye. From left are: Robert "Bob" D. Ray of Cedar Rapids, governor from 1969-1982; present Governor Terry Branstad; Norman Erbe of Boone, who served from 1961-1963; and Harold Hughes of Norwalk, who served from 1963-1969. Nye died on (3-26-83). Photo March 30, 1983.

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has named a large conference room in the state Capitol in honor of former Gov. Robert D. Ray.

Branstad announced the honor Wednesday, on Ray's 84th birthday.

Ray and his family joined Branstad for a brief ceremony.

Ray's official portrait will hang in the conference room, where Branstad holds weekly news conferences.

Ray, a Republican, was elected governor in 1968 and served for 14 years.

He also served as interim mayor of Des Moines and interim president of Drake University.

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