The man responsible for bringing President Ronald Reagan to Hastings College in 1988 for the dedication of its communication center has died.
Statesman Robert Gray died on Good Friday at age 91. His funeral will be Monday at Episcopal Cathedral Church in Miami.
Gray was instrumental in helping to fund construction of the state-of-the-art C.J. and Marie Gray Center for the Communications Arts — named for his parents — on the Hastings College campus. A former instructor at the college, he worked under five U.S. presidents in various capacities.
A graduate of Hastings High, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was later appointed special assistant to secretary of the navy. After earning his master’s degree from Harvard University Business School, he held teaching assignments at Hastings College from 1949-50 and at the University of Florida at Gainsville in 1951.