Ray Lofton Dudley, publisher, son of Nicholas Lee and Cordelia (Stover) Dudley, was born on August 8, 1891, at Stoverville, Denton County, Texas. He attended Lewisville Academy, Denton High School, and North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas), then taught in a rural school for three years. He entered Baylor University but did not stay to receive a degree. As a young man he held various newspaper positions in Dallas, Marshall, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Houston. His first connection with the oil industry was as oil editor of the Houston Post, a position he held briefly before becoming editor in 1918 of the Gulf Coast Oil News (later called the Oil Weekly and, still later, World Oil).
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