Honoree Spotlight: Dr. Raymond D. Watiker

Dr. Raymond D. Watiker was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to the late Albert and Lora Watiker. Dr. Watiker graduated from Zanesville High School and was a proud member of the Army Reserves. Dr. Watiker completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Watiker opened his first practice in Cincinnati, Ohio for two years. Then in 1970, Dr. Watiker and his family relocated to their hometown of Zanesville. Almost 50 years later, Dr. Watiker’s practice remains a pillar in the community.

In 1973, Dr. Watiker was elected Chairman of the city’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee and worked diligently for equal opportunity for all. As a result of his efforts, the City of Zanesville created an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office. Dr. Watiker is proud of the fact that his late brother, Albert was selected to fill the local EEO position and then go on to carry the mantel as an EEO Officer for the State of Ohio. This road would lead his brother to step out on faith and start his own certified Minority Business Enterprise Company known as Watiker & Son, Inc.

Although a hard-working professional and dedicated family man, Dr. Watiker found the time to be incredibly active in his community serving on numerous boards and committees. Having a special place in his heart for children, Dr. Watiker served as Youth Leader for the NAACP where he created a homework study group and strongly encouraged higher education. Dr. Watiker also served on the Zanesville Community Center Board and the Zanesville Board of Education. Additionally, he was appointed by the Ohio Governor to sit on the Muskingum Area Technical College Advisory Board. Other board member honors include Goodwill Industries and Bethesda Hospital. He was also a member of the Zanesville Jaycees where he loved to work on programs benefitting children such as Christmas for Kids.

Dr. Watiker and his wife, Connie, also gave selfishly of their time and opened their homes to host six foreign exchange students as well as African American baseball players who would participate in local Babe Ruth games. Dr. Watiker remains committed to the equality struggle and continues to make positive deposits in the lives of young people.

Dr. and Mrs. Watiker have three children and four grandchildren.

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