Thomas Leighton Gray | 1927 - 2013 | Obituary

Thomas Leighton Gray
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Thomas Leighton Gray

Born: September 27, 1927
Died: June 19, 2013

Thomas Gray grew up in Arroyo Grande, CA with his parents, Geneva and Christopher Gray and brothers, Carroll, Glenn, Jerry (deceased) and sister, Mary Taylor. He served in the Army during the Korean War, received an OCS Commission, captained a ship, and was honorably discharged as 1st Lieutenant. He earned BA and MA degrees from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Music at the University of Iowa in 1962. He was Music Supervisor in the Palo Alto Unified School District for 30 years. Under his leadership, in 1985, the district was awarded the National Exemplary Music Program Award. He was Music Consultant to many school districts to strengthen their programs. His music activities included conducting the professional Palo Alto Symphony, Palo Alto Youth Symphony and guest conducting orchestras and choruses in other cities and states. His strong faith and devotion to Jesus Christ led him to direct church choirs for 50 years. In the summer of 1981 he took the family to Alaska on a Mission to three Presbyterian Churches, sharing their music and helping where needed. For recreation the family sailed their boat to Alaska, the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of California and throughout the San Juan Islands.

Tom was a loving husband to his wife of 55 years, Audrey MacGregor Gray, a professional violinist and teacher, and devoted father to Don (Marcia) and Allison (Steve Rider). He will be sorely missed by family, relatives, friends, and former co-workers and students.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave., Gilroy, CA

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