Obituary: The Very Reverend Roger Scott Gray, Dean Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
The Very Reverend Roger Scott Gray, Dean Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis died Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Dean Gray was born May 27, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to the late William Albert and Laura Grace (Scott) Gray.
He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, NY, and was also a graduate of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He received his Doctor of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York City’s Chelsea Square. Dean Gray was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Chaplains Corp. He married Mary Bessie Theoharis on May 31, 1952. He and Mary resided in Noblesville. Mary preceded him in death on January 22, 2013.
Dean Gray became Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in 1972, retiring as Dean Emeritus on January 1, 1990. He was the first Cathedral dean appointed to serve as Director of the National Cathedral Association, a position he held for six years. Prior to coming to Christ Church Cathedral, Dean Gray served at St. Ann Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, St. Luke Episcopal Church in Eastchester, NY, and Grace Episcopal Church in Trumbull, CT. He was one of the founders of the Consortium of Endowed Parishes of Episcopal Churches, and had dual memberships at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Noblesville and Christ Church Cathedral.
Dean Gray was an organizing member of the Columbia Club Foundation Board, and was previously named Columbian of the Year. He was a 65 year member of Grand Lodge 137 of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York and a member of the Ushers Club of New York City. He was a very active member of the Episcopal Deans’ Association of North America, and served as a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Dean Gray is remembered by many as a mentor and loyal friend. He was Pastor and friend to Eli Lilly, giving comfort and holding his hand at the time of his death.
Dean Gray is survived by his daughter Laura Ann Gray Shultz (Jeffery) of Plymouth, MA; his son Scott Winfield Gray (Lee Ann) of Noblesville, IN; his grandchildren Ian Gray (Yulia) Shultz of Somerville, MA and Dana Shepard Shultz of Sarasota, FL; his nieces Marilyn Van Horn, Martha Cusano, and Deborah Hyland; and nephew Kenneth E. Fosdick. Dean Gray was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his brother William Irwin Gray, and his sister Grace Fosdick (Edward).
A memorial service for Dean Gray will be held Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. Burial will be private at Crown Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to General Theological Seminary, 175 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011 or Christ Church Cathedral Music Ministry, 125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville, and online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.