Dr. Gray, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Dr. Harry J. Gray, professor emeritus in electrical and systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, died July 27, 2012, at age 88.

Dr. Gray earned all his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, earning his BS in 1944 and MS in 1947, both in electrical engineering. Dr. Gray was appointed to the faculty after earning his PhD in 1953. He retired in 1989.

From 1943-1946, Dr. Gray was a radio specialist officer in the United States Navy.

He was one of 30 computer pioneers involved with ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, who was honored with a medal by Penn's Moore School of Electrical Engineering during a 40-year celebration of computer science and engineering at Penn (Almanac October 14, 1986).

In addition to teaching, Dr. Gray had been a consultant for various electrical and technical companies, including the Philco Corporation.

Dr. Gray had been involved in many professional organizations including the Institute of Radio Engineers, the Professional Group of Electronic Computers, the Professional Group on Antennas and Propagation and the Association for Computer Machinery.

Dr. Gray is survived by his wife, Cecilia M.; children, Margaret "Meg," Dr. David Roeltgen, Cecilia A. Gray, Mary Ellen Gilligan; six grandchildren; three great grand-children; and his sister, Patricia Gray. His daughter, Kathleen, was a Penn freshman when she died (Almanac July 1973).