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Obituary for David Sperry Gray

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David Sperry Gray

January 2, 1930 - June 4, 2015


David Sperry Gray passed away in his sleep on June 4, 2015 at the age of 85. He was born on January 2, 1930 to Clarence Sperry and Marion Fearney Gray in Providence, RI.David graduated from Yale University in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering where he was inducted into Yale’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.  He then graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1954 where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Emma Dodson. They were married for 58 years and had two children, Lisa Fearney Gray and Jonathan Hunter Gray. He was blessed with four grandchildren: Tricia Gray, Jon-Hunter Gray, Jake Jackson and Sam Jackson.

David was an Episcopal Minister, ordained in 1957.  He left the Parish Ministry in 1972 to partner with his wife, Elizabeth Dodson Gray in what they termed an “Issues Centered Ministry” during the course of which they wrote and lectured together on the issues of the day from sustainable growth to eco-feminism. During this time together David and Liz operated The Bolton Institute for a Sustainable Future and Roundtable Press, which published four of Liz’s books and one of David’s. It was a true spiritual and professional partnership that few are lucky enough to experience at all….much less for 58 years!

We love you, respect the life that you lived in service to others, and will miss you greatly, Dad!

Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at The First Baptist Church of Newton, 848 Beacon Street, Newton, MA.

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Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Time: 3:00 pm -

848 Beacon Street, Newton, MA.


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Born: January 2, 1930
Died: June 4, 2015

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Rev. Ellsworth D. Comins posted on 7/12/15

I knew David at Yale Divinity School while a member of the class of 1956. David was a kind and friendly fellow student, devoted to his studies. We could see that his love relationship with Elizabeth Dodson was made in heaven and both were loved by the student body. After graduation I knew nothing of his career and appreciated reading his obituary in the Boston Globe to learn of his ministry and his wonderful collaboration with Liz. May he hear the Lord say to him "Well done, good and faithful servant."


Priscilla and Victor Claman posted on 7/10/15

Dear Liz, Lisa, Hunter, Tricia, John-Hunter, Jake, and Sam, What a blessing to have known and loved David. We have so many wonderful memories of him, one of the most extraordinary people in our lives, and are grateful for his friendship and so many times together over the years. Your love of him, and his of you, are shining example for us, and his achievements in his lifetime an exemplar of the right way to live. With love from us both, Priscilla and Victor Claman