In 1936, Raymond Gerber was hired as the “greenskeeper” at the Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Gerber remained in that position until his retirement 34 years later in 1970. Always a strong advocate of education, having spoken at approximately 100 seminars on the local, state, national and international levels, he received numerous awards attesting to that commitment, including the 1975 GCSAA Distinguished Service Award. Gerber was actively involved in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents. He was president of the GCSAA in 1950 and President of MAGCS three times. Upon retirement at the age of 72, Gerber remained active by becoming the editor of the Midwest Association's newsletter until his death. Today, the Ray Gerber Editorial Award is given annually to the MAGCS Superintendent for the best-written article in the newsletter.