Dr. Ray Stantz


Director of Occult Knowledge for Ghostbusters International; Co-Founder of Ghostbusters Inc.

"As a board member of Ghostbusters International, I am informing you that we have been contracted to remove you from this place. Leave peacefully, or we will be forced to contain you with extreme prejudice..."

Personal Timeline of Dr. Ray Stantz
Early 1950's
David Stantz marries Scottish girl Carolyn MacMillan. Stantz is part of large family (at least two brothers and a sister) and becomes a doctor.

1955
Carl Stantz, the first child of Dr. David Stantz and his wife Carloyn, is born (presumably in the Bronx)

1959
October 13 Raymond Francis Stantz is born in the Bronx.

1963
Birth of Jean Stantz, the third child of David and Carolyn.

Sometime before 1970, the Stantzes move to Morrisville, but the timing and reasons of this move have not been established. It is believed that an unnamed brother of David's lives in or near Morrisville.

1970
Dr. David Stantz and his wife Carolyn die in a car accident. Their three children are split between different homes--Ray remains in Morrisville, and is raised by a cold, emotionally distant uncle.

1973
Carl Stantz enlists in the United States Air Force. By 1983, he is married and the father of two sons. Details on Jean's life are sketchier, but by 1983 she had already married, had a daugther, divorced, and moved to California to pursue a bisexual life style (she might also date Venkman at some point)

1976
Ray Stantz graduates high school and attentds Columbia University. He meets two guys named Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler. By 1983, the three all have PhDs and work as parapsychology researchers at Columbia's Weaver Hall. Ray works for a private company, East Industries, for a brief time.

1983
Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler are fired from Columbia, and form Ghostbusters Inc.

1986
Ray inherits the joke shop of his father's brother, Gaylord Stantz. He eventually sells it.
Ray meets the ghost of Elizabeth Metaire, who had died when the Lady M ran aground on Mardi Gras in 1853. He falls in love with her, and helps her disperse peacefully.

Ghostbusters Inc. is forced from business. Ray uses the money from the sale of Gaylord's joke shop to open his own occult bookstore in Greenwich Village. He and Winston Zeddemore appear at children's parties in Ghostbuster costume over the next two years

1988
Late in the year, Ghostbusters Inc. reactivates.

1991
Ray Stantz meets Elizabeth Hawthorne, the Hermetic maga known as "Lady Enlightenment"

Late 1991
Ghostbusters Inc. is dissolved once more, at Egon's instigation, leading to a major rift with the other Ghostbusters as well.

Ray accepts a job as a researcher at Stanford, then later at the University of Idaho. This ends when an accident destroys his lab--he is fired and forced to work a series of demeaning odd jobs--by the end of 1997, he's a used car salesman in Colorado.

1995
May 28. Ray Stantz marries Elizabeth Hawthorne

1996
July 26. Birth of Eric Elwood Stantz

1997
Late in the year, the original Ghostbusters are reunited by the efforts of Janine Melnitz. Ray and his family return to New York in early 1998, and resume activities with the company.

2004
The Second Gozer Crisis. Eric Stantz first manifests The Gift. Liz and Ray begin to discuss enrolling him at Rein•Hagen Academy.

2008
In the fall, Eric Stantz enters Rein•Hagen Academy. His mother comes on staff as an assistant advisor to keep an eye on him (and finally, after some twenty years, live a relatively stable life)

Future Fate
Ray is still alive in the year 2023, as seen in "Future Shocks", as is his wife, Eric's mother. Eric is a Hermetic Wizard, and a member of the Ghostbusters

2020
Professor Egon Spengler and Dr. Raymond Francis Stantz, co-founders of Ghostbusters International, are awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, due to their groundbreaking work in dimensional axis theory.

Known Relatives of Dr. Ray Stantz
Elizabeth Hawthorne Stantz ("Lady Enlightenment")
Relation: Wife
Canon: Fan. Character created by OgreBBQ

Eric Stantz
Relation: Son (born 1996)
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Dr. David Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Father
Canon: combines GB1 novelization and Fan (Shiela Paulson)

Carolyn MacMillan Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Mother
Canon: Combines GB1 novelization and Fan (Shiela Paulson) Maiden name is RGB.

Max Hawthorne
Relation: Father In Law
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Patricia Fielding Hawthorne
Relation: Mother In Law
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh, Jay Tigran)

Major Carl Stantz, USAF
Relation: Brother
Canon: GB1 novelization. Carl has a wife and two sons, but their names have not been revealed.

Jean Stantz
Relation: Sister
Canon: GB1 novelization. By 1983 she has married and divorced, and has a daughter--her married name and the full name of her child are unrevealed.

Cheryl Hawthorne Brushett
Relation: Sister-In-Law (Sister of Liz Hawthorne)
Canon: Fan (Jay Tigran, Fritz Baugh)

Joe Brushett
Relation: Brother-In-Law (Husband of Cheryl Hawthorne Brushett)
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Danielle Stantz (Maiden name unrevealed)
Relation: Sister In Law (wife of Carl Stantz)
Canon: Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Amanda (last name unrevealed)
Relation: Niece. Her father's first name is Reinhold.
Canon: GB1 novelization. Name is fan (Fritz Baugh)

Daniel Stantz
Relation: Nephew (born some time between late 1981-1983)
Canon: GB1 novelization. Name is fan.

Justin "Jay" Brushett (Born 1984)
Relation: Nephew by marriage, son of Cheryl Hawthorne Brushett
Canon: Fan (Jay Tigran, Fritz Baugh)

Franklin Stantz
Relation: Nephew (born late 1979)
Canon: GB1 novelization. Name is Fan (Fritz Baugh)

Andrew MacMillan (deceased)
Relation: Uncle
Canon: RGB

Gaylord Stantz (deceased)
Relation: Uncle
Canon: RGB

Lois Stantz
Relation: Aunt
Canon: RGB

Samantha Stantz
Relation: Third cousin
Canon: RGB; exact relation is Fan (Matthew Riddle)

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