Donald Ray Bernard, businessman and investor in overseas ventures, has enjoyed flying all sorts of aircraft since his days of service in the United States Navy. A retired Commander from the Navy’s Submarine Service, Donald Ray Bernard continues to support his country today. A commercial pilot’s license allows him to fly 41 different aircraft, including turbojet, prop, and jet planes of fixed-wing, single-engine, and multi-engine varieties. A resident of Whitehall, Montana, Donald Ray Bernard maintains active membership and volunteer status on the team of search pilots in the state of Montana.
Donald Ray Bernard has taken an interest as a sponsor in various charitable and educational organizations which support medical research and scholarships for higher education. His efforts have also provided internships, civic infrastructure development for children, and university leadership, bringing such inspirational speakers to Montana as Tom Brokaw, civil rights attorney Morris Dees, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. Currently, Donald Ray Bernard co-owns and serves as a policy-level Manager for Golden Stag Safaris, which takes hunters to Nehuen Mapu Big Game Hunting Ranch in Argentina.
He has financial interests in other Argentinean operations that involve fly fishing and the cultivation of rainbow trout for commercial sale. The holder of two law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M), Donald Ray Bernard formerly taught International Law at University of St. Thomas Houston. He attended the first joint Annual Legal Conference co-sponsored by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1988. Donald Ray Bernard is a prior Chairman Emeritus of the Houston Bar Association’s International Law Committee.