Ray Falk, who was our most senior member, passed away in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the age of 90.
Ray joined the Club in 1946, and became one of the 16 residents in the Club’s first premises, known as No. 1 Shimbun Alley. It remained his home until the change of premises in 1954. Over the years, Ray worked for ABC News and the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA).
He covered the Korean War for ABC radio news and was present at the signing of the armistice in Panmunjom in July of 1953. In the same capacity, he covered the Matsu and Quemoy crisis in 1958. He was also active in print news for NANA, writing book reviews and commentary that appeared in publications like the New York Times.
Ray served as Club treasurer during the critical years of 1953-1954 preparing for the Club’s move to new premises and its successful bid for the non-profit status known as shadan houjin, bestowed on the Club in November, 1954.