OBITUARY

Raymond John Mataloni Jr.

June 4, 1963April 25, 2021

On April 25, 2021, Raymond Mataloni, Jr. of Chantilly, VA, loving father of two, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57. Raymond was born on June 4, 1963 in Fairfax, VA to Raymond (Sr.) and Rosemary (Weirbowski) Mataloni.

Raymond and his former wife Lisa (Sherwood) Mataloni raised two sons, Alex and Ben. He was a devoted father with a diverse set of interests that included kayaking, cooking, softball, playing guitar, photography, archery, fishing, and camping. He loved the Cleveland Indians, riffing on bad movies, and teaching Sunday school at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA. He also taught economics as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Mary Washington. Raymond will be remembered for his quiet, humble presence, his intellectual and spiritual curiosity, and his playful sense of humor.

A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, Raymond graduated from Chantilly High School where he played football, wrestled, and was an active member of the French Club. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in 1985, double majoring in Business and French. In 1986, Raymond joined the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). He earned a master’s degree in Economics from George Mason University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2007. At BEA, he served most of his career in the International Directorate, where he had been the chief of the Research and Methodology Group since 2014. His colleagues will remember him for his collaborative leadership style, innovative research, and extensive knowledge of economic globalization.

Raymond was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary. He is survived by his sons Alex and Ben, his former spouse Lisa, his younger sister Kelly, his father Ray Sr., and numerous cousins, notably Michele, Karen, and Jerry.

A celebration of life at Demaine Funeral Home and a memorial service at Truro Anglican Church, both in Fairfax, VA, will be held later this year. Memorial contributions can be made to Team River Runner (https://www.teamriverrunner.org/Donate). The family kindly welcomes condolences and loving memories of Raymond on his guest book at www.demainefairfaxfuneralhome.com.

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Derrick Jenniges

May 10, 2021

Ray was the first person to take a chance on me out of school, and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to know and spend time with him. He made me feel valued and was genuinely interested in my success, whether it was in the office, on the softball diamond, or kayaking on the Potomac. Ray had a knack for finding little "nuggets" of positivity and made coming to work a joy.

As I think back on Ray and all the time I was fortunate enough to spend with him, I keep coming back to the memories of him towing me back to shore after I would roll the kayak. We'd sit on the river bank and talk about all sorts of things, he'd show me his roll and help me practice, then we'd decide it was about time to repeat the process. That was Ray - very open, positive, and willing to help. I will miss Ray and wish to offer my deepest condolences to his family.

Kevin Barefoot

May 10, 2021

I remember meeting Ray in 2009 when I joined the Balance of Payment Research branch. He was always generous with his time and quick to offer help when working through the statistics. He was a great teacher. In addition to work, Ray also made time to chat about hobbies and got to know people on a personal level. He helped build team spirit and unity in BEA. We often chatted about food, games, travel, and softball.

Ray was a mentor and a friend. I will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family.

Stephen Yeaple

May 9, 2021

I met Ray in early 2000 as a newly minted PhD and special sword employee. Over the last 20 years I visited to work at the BEA with the survey data and my career depended heavily on this data and on my relationship with Ray Mataloni and William Zeile. I don't know how many times Ray worked me out of a jam with the data, especially in the last few years. He was always so kind and helpful no matter how disorganized my thinking. I don't know how many times I would pass an idea by him to have him warn me about quirks in the survey responses. It will take me a long time to work out his passing. The world needs more people like Ray.

Sincerely,
Stephen Yeaple

Mirco Lattwein

May 9, 2021

Dear Ray,

to hear about your passing filled my heart with sadness.

Since 2014 we met at OECD in Paris twice a year and from the very beginning, I appreciated your expertise and deep knowledge you brought into discussions, yet always humble and with respect and an open mind for other views.

We worked more closely together since last year when we both joined the IMF Direct Investment Task Team and I was happy when we were both assigned to the same subgroup to work on a specific issue. You always provided helpful input, and whenever you had no additional comments, I knew we were on the right track.

I will miss you as the always kind and caring colleague, but more than this I will miss your thoughtfulness, mixed with this special sense of humor. In our non-technical conversations – either personally in Paris or occasionally via Email – I discovered your almost philosophical look on everyday life, for instance regarding cinema or (European) football, which was always entertaining and inspiring at the same time. It’s those conversations I will certainly miss the most.

Although we didn’t meet that often and were not very close, it feels like I’ve lost a good friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.
My deepest condolences,

Mirco

Kany ONDZOTTO

May 9, 2021

To the attention of Ray's family:
Dear All,
My name is Kany Ondzotto, I am working at the OECD, where I met Ray during several meetings over the past years (both on site in Paris, and virtually) in the context of the WGIIS work.
It was with deep sorrow that we have been informed that Ray passed away a few days ago.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to all of you, and tell you that Ray had been a wonderful colleague to work with, both on the professional and on the human sides. He was appreciated by all. I will always remember his kindness.
May he rest in peace, and may all my prayers bring you some comfort in this difficult time.
Kind regards,
Kany

Lisa Esler

May 9, 2021

Ray and I met in high school French class more than 40 years ago and we have been good friends ever since. We did so many things together, but what I remember most is how we used to go fishing during the summers. We would take a canoe out on the lake and sit for hours fishing and talking. Ray was quite the philosopher and we would ponder life, love, the future, and the universe. It was so easy to talk to him, no subject was taboo, he was never judgmental, just very easy to be with. Our lives moved apart a few years after college when I started working overseas. We were reconnecting over the last year, and I’m saddened that we won’t be able to get together as we planned, but grateful for our recent dinner and phone conversations.

I will remember Ray as creative, funny, and kind. He was always enthusiastic and quick to offer encouragement and empathy. Our friendship has always been a treasure for me, and I will miss him terribly. My thoughts are with Lisa, Alex, Ben and his dad, Ray Sr.

Maria Borga

May 8, 2021

Ray was a wonderful colleague. One of the first things that I got to work on when I joined BEA was co-authoring an article with Ray. I could not have had a better introduction to BEA. He was so kind, patiently explaining so much to me, and listening to my ideas. It didn't surprise me at all that he loved teaching--he was great at it.

I am very grateful that we could continue to work together when I joined the OECD as he would come for my working group meetings. He was a fantastic delegate as his natural curiosity led to him ask many questions, resulting in some really interesting discussions. His knowledge of US MNEs was so deep, and he could bring those insights to the work.

On a personal level, he was just such a nice person, quick to laugh, thoughtful, and generous with his time. I really appreciated his visits to Paris because I knew he would find a great restaurant and leave me with a list of suggestions for places to go and exhibits to see. He also would bring a little treat from DC that he thought I might be missing. He was always great fun to talk to, but he was never more animated than when he was talking about his two sons, Ben and Alex.

My deepest sympathies to Lisa, Ben, and Alex and the rest of Ray's family and loved ones.

Sincerely,
Maria

david wessel

May 8, 2021

The Wall Street Journal did an obituary on Ray. You can read it here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-government-economist-illuminated-data-on-globalization-11620313395 You may hit the paywall. If so, and you'd like to read it, contact David Wessel dwessel@brookings.edu

Nancy Steffen

May 7, 2021

I met Ray on his first day of work at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. I worked with him on the Article of Mutinational Companies —checking the tables and data reported before it was published. Ray participated in our Annual Ethnic Celebration by always bring a wonderful Italian dish. Ray was always friendly to everyone and interested in their lives. His family came from my area in northeastern Pennsylvania and his wife grew up down the road in Vienna, VA where I still live. For my retirement party from BEA, Ray surprised me with homemade pizza. The recipe was his version of the famous pizza from West Pittston, PA. It tasted just like the original pizza. I was in tears! Only Ray could do something that special. Ray also attended my wedding reception. I am totally heartbroken to hear of his passing. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts. My love to Lisa and the boys. Nancy Steffen

Steven Muno

May 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ray Mataloni. Over the years I have known Ray as a knowledgeable and tireless employee of BEA. We collaborated many times on issues to improve data collection and the quality of international statistics that BEA produces. I deeply appreciate working with him and will always remember him. He will be missed by all.

FROM THE FAMILY