Before his untimely passing in 2004, Ron Carver was Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was given the Oscar Causey Award for his research by NRC in 1990. In 1998 NRC granted him the Albert Kingston Award for outstanding service to the association. Perhaps he was best known for his research on “Rauding Theory” as it led us to better understand and assess comprehension, rate, and efficiency in reading. We all know of Ron as a fierce advocate for empirical research of the highest quality. His research appeared regularly in the most impactful journals in the profession (e.g., RRQ, JLB) and his texts were regular reading for a generation of graduate students. Over the years Ron served on the Board of Directors of NRC and was also its Historian. Ron can also be called the founding father of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.