From Hollywood to Hilltown...
Meet Local Star Raymond H. Godshall, Jr.
Ray Godshall is not a Hollywood star. Even so, he has lost track of all the movies in which he appeared. In 1983, at age 64, Ray made his acting debut in a made-for-TV movie of the classic story "War of the Worlds." Unlike those who would do anything to be in film, Ray came to it by accident when his daughter Liberty married Ed Zwick, an Oscar-nominated director and producer. "Ed comes up with a small role for me in most of his movies," Ray said.
Most recently, Ray portrayed a senior citizen in the film "Love and Other Drugs," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. This isn't too much of a stretch given that Ray is 92 years old. Like most Hollywood stars, though, Ray doesn't look his age-a fact he attributes to having great health care available at Grand View and, of course, good genes. He also stays active, including weekly tennis matches with a regular group of players.
While Ray may play small parts on the silver screen, he's in a starring role with the Grand View Health Foundation, where he has been a member of the Visionary Society since 2005. Ray has established two gift annuities with the Foundation. "This is such a great concept!" explained Ray. "The annuity pays me a nice rate of return during my lifetime, and Grand View keeps what is left when I am gone. There are some real tax benefits, too. I liked this strategy so well that as part of my estate planning, I created a second annuity to benefit my son, Raymond III, a teacher in New York City."
Nancy Godshall, Ray's late wife, was the first woman to serve on the Grand View Hospital Board of Trustees. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Nancy volunteered as the director of volunteer services and was instrumental in establishing the Charity Ball. "She served 7,000 hours as a hospital volunteer. It was her involvement that helped me appreciate what a great community asset Grand View really is," Ray said.
When asked who among the movie stars he has met most impressed him, Ray described sitting and chatting with Sir Anthony Hopkins during the filming of "Legends of the Fall." "He was so genuine and such a nice guy," said Ray. For countless reasons, we think that description fits Ray Godshall, too.