Dr. Raymond H. Brand, 1928-2020
Dr. Raymond Howard Brand, age 91, a resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, Illinois, died May 23, 2020 at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. Ray was the beloved husband for 62 years to Shirley (née Winch,deceased), and was predeceased by infant son David Keith and brother, Rev. J. Kenneth (Helen) Brand. Father of Barbara (Shaw) Belford, Tim (Bita Shoiyan) Brand, and Stephen Brand,Ray is survived by six grandchildren: Ashley Wells, Ardell (Kevin) Zeman, Brian (Stephanie Peterson) Belford, Abigail(Ryan) Lipsker, Parker Brand, and Gabrielle Brand; three great grandchildren: Hazel Zeman, Hank Zeman, and Ruby Lipsker;and nieces and nephews: Sharon (Andrew) Bradley, Margaret (Dr. Christian) Goralski, Dr. Paul (Dr. Marian Sawicki), and James (Marlene) Brand.
Raymond H. Brand was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up attending Ward Presbyterian Church. Even as a child he researched animals and made collections of insects. He pursued his love of biology at Wheaton College while working at various jobs, playing varsity tennis and soccer, and courting Shirley, a literature major. They married in 1951, as Ray began graduate work. He first earned an M.A. in zoology, then received an M.S. in biological science from the University of Michigan, going on to complete work on the ecology of small mammal populations for his Ph.D. in animal ecology. Starting in 1955, he spent four years as the Chairman of the Biology Department of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, teaching in an old two-car garage serving as the biology building until the campus was further developed. In 1959 he returned to Wheaton College and subsequently spent over thirty years teaching there, during that period chairing the Department of Biology and Division of Science and always sharing his love of nature and field research with his students as a Professor of Biology until his retirement in 1993.
Throughout his career, he continued to conduct environmental research, and while collecting samples of springtails in the restored prairies of the Chicago suburbs, he discovered a new species of the arthropod. Dr. Raymond H. Brand wrote and published many articles about environmental issues in Illinois. He was a research associate at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois until 2018, and coauthored two books: Whatever Happened to Eden? (1980) and Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship (1996). He was a key Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation in its early stages in 1952, from whom he received a lifetime achievement award in 2019.
He enjoyed playing tennis and participating in book clubs well into his eighties, but his greatest passions were his humanitarian interests, following and contributing extensively to over a dozen organizations, including: Immanuel Presbyterian Church (EPC—his home church), the ASA, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Doctors without Borders, the National Wildlife Foundation, the American Red Cross, AARP Foundation, National Parks Foundation, National Resource Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, Environment Illinois, University Of Michigan Sigma X and the Alzheimer’s Association.
In recent years, he was proud of establishing the fountains at his home at Covenant Living Windsor Park in memory of his wife, Shirley, and contributing to the purchase of the Immanuel Presbyterian transportation van so Covenant residents could attend worship on Sundays.
A private graveside service will be held at the Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois on May 26th. A memorial service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at a later date. If you wish to specifically be notified of that service, please sign the guest book as indicated below.
Memorial gifts may be directed to either one of the charitable organizations he supported such as the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org), or to the Windsor Park Benevolent Care Fund (covliving.org/give). Family, friends and colleagues may sign a guest book at www.hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.