12238 Major Ray Stouffer takes off the uniform but not quite retired.



(Left) Brigadier-General Eric Tremblay presents the Canadian Armed Forces Certificate of Service to Major Ray Stouffer.

(Right) Major Ray Stouffer presents a farewell gift to the staff of the Registrar’s Office. Receiving the gift is Mr. Martin Laforest.

Photos by Mr. Peter Bennett

Retirement of 12238 Major Ray Stouffer

Article by: G1628 Major John R. Grodzinski

On Friday, 21 June 2013, 50 colleagues, friends and family assembled at the Senior Staff Mess to celebrate the career of 12238 Major Ray Stouffer, CD, Ph.D, the Registrar of RMC. Ray joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1975, and following graduation at RMC in 1979, he held line and staff positions as an air logistics officer in Trenton, Ottawa, North Bay and Cold Lake. In 2005, Ray completed a Doctorate in War Studies at RMC, and thereafter, he joined the Department of History, where he taught undergraduate and the graduate level courses, while also holding the appointment of military assistant to the Dean of Arts. In 2010, Ray became Registrar of RMC, where his strong leadership qualities and management skills were immediately felt. After nearly 40 years of service, Ray plans to continue with his academic interests, while possibly taking on new challenges. Best wishes to Ray, his wife Martha and their family.

This just in…The Principal is pleased to announce that Dr. Raymond Stouffer will continue to act as Registrar under contract until such time as a civilian Public Service position for the Registrar can be established and staffed. This process is not expected to be completed until after the beginning of new calendar year.

C’est avec plaisir que le Recteur annonce que M. Raymond Stouffer (Ph.D.) continuera d’agir comme Secrétaire générale juste qu’à ce que le poste civil de Secrétaire générale soit établie et comblé. Ce processus n’est pas prévue d’être complété avant le début de l’année scolaire.


  • Darren Rich

    June 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm


    Thanks for you many years of valuable and loyal service to the CAF and, more importantly, RMCC.

    Yours aye

  • David W.A. Chee

    June 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations Maj. Stouffer. Your Canadian History and Military History classes were some of my favourites at RMC. It was a pleasure being your student. I won’t forget that time in class when you asked us, “Who was the Prime Minister most instrumental in the founding of NATO?” I put up my hand, and mistakenly said “Marty St. Louis” instead of “Louis St. Laurent.” You laughed and said “No, thats a hockey player.” BZ!

    — DWA

  • Bertram Frandsen G1200

    July 6, 2013 at 7:19 am


    Thank you for your many years of service to Canada, the Canadian Forces and RMCC. The History Dept was a fun place to work.
    Best wishes for the future.


  • Allan Bowes

    March 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I’m currently reading your thesis on the Air Division and find it very interesting. I was a teenager at 2 Wing GT from Oct 55 to Jul 58. In the part about evacuation of dependents (page 107) this actually was underway after the Suez crisis started. The plan/method at 2 Wing was road convey to LeHarve. Women or older teenagers (few if any as you had to be 18) were to drive. First problem not enough drivers. RCAF solution – train drivers, so everyone 14 or older went to the base and were being trained to drive on staff cars. Don’t know when this ended but went on into 1957. Another result of the Suez crisis was a cutting of gas quarter coupons by 50% for a while from 400 liters to 200 large car and 200 to 100 small cars. We didn’t evacuation but it was sure interesting for awhile.
    At the same time period the Hungarian Revolution happened, there was clothing drives etc and RCAF semi’s were transporting goods to Austria.

    If any questions I can be reached end of March at home in Ottawa 613-837-6688.

    Allan Bowes