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Vol 57 No. 14 : July 14, 2005
Vol 57 No. 14 | July 14, 2005
In Memoriam

David E. Gray, who served as vice president of administration for 14 years under former university president Stephen Horn, and as associate dean of the School of Applied Arts and Sciences, died on June 25 at the age of 87.

A nationally known advocate for recreation programs, he was the founder of CSULB’s Recreation and Leisure Studies department, created as an independent department in 1965. That same year Gray was named Professor of the Year by the school's Associated Students. Today, the David E. Gray Award is given to high-achieving Recreation and Leisure Studies students.

Gray began his recreation career in Los Angeles city parks when he was 16, and served as a recreation director for that city for 17 years. He was also director of Camp High Sierra in Mammoth Lakes for seven years, which is where he first met P. Victor Peterson, CSULB's first president. Peterson told Gray he could have a job at the campus after earning his master's degree. He soon received his M.S. in physical education from UCLA and later a doctorate in public administration from USC.

Gray is survived by sons Jonathan and Christopher and daughter Cathleen Burns; his brother, Robert; and by 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, who died in 2003.

A "celebration of life” memorial service will be held in the President's Room of the University Student Union at CSULB on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CSULB’s Peach Tree Fund, The Foundation c/o The David Gray Peach Tree Rally, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, 90840, Contact: Nan Roberts, 562/985-5255; or to the CSULB Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, c/o The David E. Gray Awards Fund, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, 90840, Contact: Sharon Cruz, 562/985-4071.

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