Jean Gray Remembered as a Powerful Leader and Mentor
Warmth and wisdom were the hallmarks of Dr. Jean Gray's service to The Delta Kappa Gamma Society at every level of the organization. Gray, who passed away on April 21, 2019, not only served as international president (2002-2004) and as international parliamentarian (2006-2014) but was also a sounding board and mentor for countless leaders in the Society. A charter member of Omega Chapter in Maryland State Organization and participant in the 1981 Leadership/Management Seminar, she was named recipient of the International Achievement Award in 2001. Those who nominated her for that award noted that her strong spiritual qualities shaped her as a “powerful motivational and inspirational speaker.”
Gray’s ability to remain calm in emergent situations made her perfect for the varied leadership roles she held within the Society, which also included president of Maryland State Organization (1985-1987), northeast regional director (1992-1994), international first vice president (1998-2000), chair of the International Constitution Committee for two biennia, member of the International Leadership Development and World Fellowship Committees, and 1986 International Convention chairman. A fierce advocate of what she believed was right for the Society, Gray also served on the Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, the Administrative Board, and the International Speakers Fund.
Gray’s peers remember her passion for the Society’s governing documents. A professional registered parliamentarian (PRP), she was instrumental in shaping and providing parliamentary procedures seminars for members. Countless postings on DKG Facebook sites at her passing provide further insight into Gray’s reputation and impact: “a giant of a woman…she taught us all”; “a shining example of a consummate professional”; a “dear friend, wise mentor, true colleague, excellent parliamentary advisor, and very frequently my reflective sounding board”; “a leader, mentor, and DKG sister—wise lady!”; “an amazing teacher and lover of learning”; “a lovely spirit; one of a kind”; “a wise woman guiding so many of us on our journey in life and DKG.”
A math teacher by profession, Dr. Jean Gray clearly added to the legacy of DKG leadership and multiplied the impact of the Society through her impact on members and leaders.