Raher was a dancer and soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and danced for choreographers including Nijinska. He appeared in several Broadway shows, including Bloomergirl, The New Moon, and Carousel and once performed at the Museum of Modern Art with Merce Cunningham as well as in David Ross' The Dybbuk. As a drama and English literature professor, Raher spent two years in Japan at Doshisha University in Kyoto.
As a writer, Raher worked on the staff of Dance and Dancers Magazine in London, wrote about ballet in Japan for The New York Times, and later was a travel, dance, and arts writer for publications such as the Korea Journal, Korean National Commission for UNESCO. He authored the books The Emergence of the American Ballet Choreographer and A Day in the Country: Conversation Pieces.
He is survived by one sister and many nephews and nieces.