Robert “Tom” Gray II, Ph.D
May 6, 1947 – October 13, 2020
Born on May 6, 1947 in Wheeling WV, Tom was the son of Robert Thomas Gray “Doc” and Mary Jean Gray. He grew up in a coal mining community just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Carmichaels High School in 1965, Tom went west to Nebraska, and attended Pershing College in Beatrice, NE. There he met Karen Paben and they were married on May 1, 1971.
Tom was fortunate to have had several rewarding professions in his life. He was a social worker for many years, and his compassion for others helped him improve the lives of his clients. He made great use of his “fixer” skills in his long career as a project manager.
However, Tom’s true calling was as a college professor. He had a BA, an MBA, a PhD, and a lifetime of well-earned wisdom. It was one of his great joys to share all that knowledge with others.
Tom was a devoted son, loving husband and father, and loyal friend to many. He was a drummer in a band, cook in the Army, golfer, Blues Brother, CWS tailgater, and 3 Stooges enthusiast. You could usually find him wearing black and gold or crimson and cream in support of his two favorites: the Steelers and the Sooners. He always had a smile on his face and a joke in his back pocket. While humor was always at the forefront, his genuine empathy and sincerity left a lasting impression.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, daughter, Molly and Adam Bealle; grandchildren: Emma, Connor, and Jenna.
Tom battled Alzheimer’s disease for 6 years. Suggested memorials are the Alzheimer’s Association or Country House Residence.
Celebration of Life services to be held at a later date.