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Raymond Dehler, 75, dentist, p was posted 10/30/1999 05:37 pm by Jan D.
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Dr. Raymond L. Dehler entered Emory University School of Dentistry in 1963 after 20 years in the US Navy. "It was really neat to meet a man who loved dentistry so much that he would go back to school that late in life," said Dr. Dave Noble of Atlanta, a longtime friend. Dr. Dehler, 75, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at Piedmont Hospital. The New Jersey native live in Atlanta full-time from 1963 to l980. After that, he lived a few months each year in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, a few months in Atlanta, and a few monts traveling, said his son, Dcatur lawyer Mark Dehler.Dr. Dehler had returned to Atlanta in August for the wedding of his son to Secretary of State Cathy Cox earlier this month. During this stay, his cancer was diagnosed.He began his naval service during WWII and retired as a lieutenant commander. He piloted regular aircraft and blimps and was a member of the Lighter Than Air Society, said his son. Dr. Dehler served as assistant naval attache for air at the US embassies in Egypt, Tripoli, Liberia, and Lebanon. It was important to Dr. Dehler that he complete his education interrupted by WWII. The final two years of his naval career, he earned his degree in chemistry from American University and chose Emory because of Atlanta's weather."He was the most revered member of our class," said Dr. Michael R. Kennedy of Dunwoody. Dr. Dehler's classmates appreciated his maturity, especially in negotiating with the faculty about student problems. "Ray was closer to our instructors' ages than we were," said Kennedy. Dr. Dehler was repeatedly elected class president and, as Dr. Kennedy recalls, in that class of 1967 ws the oldest dental student to have graduated from Emory.Reminiscent of his days as a blimp pilot, Dr. Dehler kept a hot-air balloon based at the Walton County airport, said his son. Back in 1972, his bright, multicolored striped balloon was a rare sight as he flew around Stone Mountain and Gwinnett and Walton counties. "He always carried a bottle of champagne with him so if he crashed in somebody's yard he could at lest offer them a glass of champagne for the inconvenience" said his son. "He loved that more than anything."

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