Captain Raymond J. Toner USN (1908-1986) was born in Chicago. He attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. He also attended the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School, Annapolis, Maryland. During World War II he served as commander of ships on escort duty in the Atlantic and later transferred to the Pacific, where he commanded ships at Tarawa, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, the Philippines and other areas. During a typhoon in 1944 his ship rescued survivors from three destroyers. While on peacetime duty, Toner, who passed a special examination to qualify for a Tilden Tech diploma, earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University, where he later taught. He also served in the Korean War, retiring in 1965 after 39 years in the Navy.