Theresa M. Gray
unknown - July 25, 2012
Theresa M. Gray (nee Patz), 98, of Manlius, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Iroquois Nursing Home. Born in Meadville, PA, she moved to the Pittsburgh suburb of Millvale at an early age. The first in her large family to attend college, she graduated from Western College (Oxford, OH), later earned a master’s degree from Kent State University (Kent, OH), and an EdD in Mathematics Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught grades kindergarten through college, and served as an elementary school principal. As a math specialist, she established the LAMPS math lab program in the Youngstown (OH) City Schools. She left Youngstown to join the faculty of Glenville State College (WV) where she taught education classes and supervised student teaching.
After her retirement in 1979, she relocated to Manlius, where she volunteered to assist in the introduction of computers in the elementary schools. She also served on the Manlius Library Board, wrote publicity articles for several community groups, traveled on Elder Hostel trips with a focus on theater and drama, and was active in the Manlius United Methodist Church where she chaired the Organ Fund Committee. At home, she taught her children and grandchildren to love playing board games, and regularly played games with her weekly Scrabble Group.
She is survived by her sons, Gordon Gray of Manlius, and DG Gray of Moline, IL; a daughter, Jo Mossman and her husband James of Alexandria, VA; five granddaughters; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar S. Gray, a son, Russell Oscar Gray, and her seven elder siblings.
In accordance with Dr. Gray’s wishes, her body is being donated to the medical school. Services will be private. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius, New York 13104.