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Samuel Gray


C. Samuel Gray was born May 18, 1930 in Barberton, Ohio and was the only child of Samuel and Grace (Clemans) Gray. He was a 1948 graduate of Kenmore High School in Akron, Ohio. He entered Wheaton College where he graduated with honors in 1952. He married his wife, Jean in 1953, attended the Wheaton College Graduate School, and became an ordained minister. He then later enrolled in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago where he earned an MBA degree in 1974. After graduation from Wheaton College, Sam and Jean settled in Wheaton and were actively involved in the community. They were members and local missionaries of College Church in Wheaton for many decades. Sam Gray was perhaps best known for his executive leadership at Christian Service Brigade for over 41 years. Sam started as the editor of many publications and later became the Director of Publications. Eventually, he served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 1970-1991. He continued in an executive capacity until he retired from the organization in 1995. Post retirement, Sam was an active member of the Wheaton College Alumni Association from 1993-1998. He served as The Wheaton College Alumni Board President from 1996-1998 and was the Wheaton College Class of 1952 Representative for many years. In 1979 he was a founding member of a large community chorus called the West Suburban Choral Union. He served as its president for 20 years from 1979-1999, winning a Wheaton community award for his leadership and community involvement. Samuel Gray, 82, a longtime Wheaton resident since 1948 died in his Wheaton home on January 20, 2013 and is survived by Charleen Wheeler Gray, his wife of ten years.


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