Research


The Pine Family Foundation chooses each year a researcher that is looking for a cure for Alzheimer's.  If you are interested in the projects we have funded, please check our the list of  Researchers and their projects by clicking 503-668-7468.

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Mission Statement

​​The Pine Family Foundation was established as a perpetual fund dedicated to research into a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Funding is by the Pine family members, grants, and donations by the general public.

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The primary goal of the foundation is to provide funds in the form of grants for research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.


By providing research grants to specific individuals and institutions who study this disease, the Foundation hopes to help bring about an end to the tragic loss and suffering that occurs to the families and the individuals afflicted.

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Pine Family Foundation Update.


The Pine Family Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of our founder -- Ray Pine.


L. Ray Pine, 92, beloved teacher and generous philanthropist, passed away on February 8, 2015.

Ray, the youngest of eight children, was born on July 19, 1922, in Chatham, Jackson Parish, Louisiana.  Ray is preceded in death by his parents, John Washington Pine and Ruth Inez Banks Pine, his brothers Lamar, John Junior, Edwin, Marvin and Carl, his sister, Lela Pine Butler, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He is survived by his sister, Ollie Mae Pine, and his best friend and companion, Kay Sousares.  He is also survived by approximately 70 nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, numerous adopted family members, and other friends who will miss him dearly.

Ray grew up in Lucedale, MS and Georgetown, TX.  He graduated as salutatorian of his class at Georgetown High School and went on to attend Southwestern University, eventually earning an engineering degree from Texas Christian University.  Ray served in the US Navy as an engineer in a dirigible that patrolled the east coast searching for German submarines during World War II.  After serving his country in the military, Ray found his true passion by becoming a teacher.  For thirty years Ray taught mathematics at the junior high and high school levels in Austin.  A testament to his talent in the classroom and dedication to passing on knowledge, many of Ray’s students maintained a long relationship with their mentor and friend over the years.  Ray retired from teaching in 1978.

Outside of his profession, Ray taught dancing and managed athletics programs at the Austin Parks and Recreation Department while earning a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas.  After having taught himself to be an expert in ballroom and popular dance, Ray went on to found and lead a number of dance clubs including: Over 21 Dance Club, Over 29 Dance Club – Advocate of Dancing, Herbs Club, and Let’s Dance Club (SAC), Austin Ballroom Dancers and the Waltz Club.  In 2010, Ray finally hung up his dancing shoes and chose to focus his energy on his philanthropic endeavors.

In his later years, Ray is remembered for being generous with both friends and family.  Ray created the Pine Family Foundation in 1994.  The Foundations funds research for the cure of HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative diseases.  The Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that is managed by Ray’s family members, all of whom donate their time freely in order to ensure that 95% of the Foundation’s resources go directly to fund research.  The last several years the Foundation has been focused on Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Board of Directors works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association to fund researchers looking for a cure of that devastating disease.  The Foundation will continue to work hard to fulfill Ray’s wishes.

A grave side service was held on March 27, 2015, at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Texas.  A memorial service will be held on June 13, 2015, at a location in Austin to be announced.  Ray requested that in lieu of flowers his loved ones and friends send donations to either the Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the Pine Family Foundation at 4409 R. O. Drive, Spicewood, TX 78669.