Vol. 4 No. 26 | July 3, 2007

 

 

Long-time math professor Allan Gray dies

Allan B. Gray Jr., who taught mathematics at NAU for 30 years, died June 29, 2007, in Flagstaff. He was 76.

Dr. Gray was born August 27, 1930, in San Angelo, Texas, to Allan Brasted Gray and Dorothy Davidson Gray.

He attended schools in California and New Mexico, earning his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from New Mexico State University. He was the first Ph.D. granted at that university.

After graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and served his tour of duty in Korea.

Dr. Gray joined the Department of Mathematics at NAU (then Arizona State College) in 1961 and was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1991.

He taught all levels of mathematics from freshman to graduate classes. He was elected chairman of the Southwest Section of Mathematics Association of America. In 1982 he was elected to the association's board of governors.

Dr. Gray was a member of Federated Community Church where he served as deacon for many years. He also was a long-time member of the Elks and volunteer with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as with Little League and Senior League teams.

Dr. Gray is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Rosemary; a daughter, Sue Foster (William) from Red Oak, Texas; and a son, Lee Gray (Jackie) from Mesa; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen, at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5. A reception will follow in Rees Fellowship Hall.

The family suggests memorial gifts to Riordan State Historic Park, Family Food Center, Northland Hospice or charity of your choice.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com. Arrangements are by Norvel Owens Mortuary.

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