Dr. Bruce Gray

Dr. Bruce Gray

Friday, January 22nd, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Dr. Bruce Gray, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Dr. Bruce Gray

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Dr. Bruce's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Dr. Bruce's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.

Obituary

The world has lost an incredible man. Dr. D. Bruce Gray passed away January 22, 2021. Educated with a B.S. from Tufts University, an M.S from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He was granted Emeritus Associate Professorship from Simmons University in 2019.
He was predeceased by his parents, Douglas E. and Lois Gray, and brother Dean Gray.
He was married to his beloved wife Sally for 51 years, and she was by his side in all of his life goals, and had just hoped to start enjoying his retirement at their beautiful family home on Winnapaug Pond. This is where he could enjoy quality time with his daughter Gen and son-in-law Chris Muller, his son Andrew, and his two beloved grandsons Owen Douglas and Mason Harris. He enjoyed playing board games, ping pong, watching movies and doing yard work with the boys. Bruce also leaves several nieces and nephews as well as multiple sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
He had just retired from Simmons University as a Professor of Neurobiology and Biology after 25 years of service to the college as Professor, Department Head, Colleague and advisor to hundreds of students who all have described him as a brilliant neuroscientist, researcher, mentor and kind friend. He was given awards for his advising. So many students felt that he believed in them when they didn’t believe in themselves. He challenged them, took them to Society for Neuroscience scientific conferences around the world where they presented Alzheimer’s research work they did in his lab, and many have said they wanted to follow in his footsteps, and that he opened their minds and helped many of them get into medical school. He was so honored that a grandparent of one of his former students made a donation to the University in his honor. A new Dean at the University stated that even though she had only been at the University for a short time, she was made aware of the incredible legacy and very large impact he had made on student and faculty.
Anyone who met him instantly loved him. Bruce was a man that captured real connections with anyone he met. It didn’t matter if you were the local barista, an extended family member or the President of Simmons. He gave equal attention to whomever he was talking to. He was interested in what they had going on in their lives and made them feel special. He had empathy, focus and an honest desire to nurture the humanity that everyone deserves.

He was an avid reader, great debater and had a love for sports, especially the UCONN Women Huskies, he loved watching tennis matches especially when Roger Federer played and loved watching college football (Alabama) and the New York Jets with Joe Namath.

He never asked for praise, but was a man of great strength and character. He was a rare, magnificent person and will be incredibly missed.


Donations in his honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at https://www.alz.org

Respectfully, funeral arrangements are private, but at a later time a Celebration of Life will be held. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Dr. Bruce Gray, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Location
    Private
    Address
  • Interment

    Location
    *Private
    Address
    Private
    Private, --
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Dr. Bruce here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Dr. Bruce
2 trees have been planted in memory of Dr. Bruce Gray
AR

Aimee Ratchelous

Posted at 11:59am
Bruce inspired me to become a neurobiologist and an educator. I will never forget his positive mentorship in the Pilar lab at UCONN.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Dr. Bruce Gray — Plant a Tree Now
SH

Sarah Hurd

Posted at 01:23pm
Sending you my deep condolences. I worked with Bruce for years at Simmons, mainly around transfer students. What a kind, generous man he was.
MO

Mary Jo Orsinger

Posted at 06:18pm
I have warm memories of Bruce from being a classmate in elementary school and also living on Elm Street. I haven't seen him in decades but I remember a warm, gentle smile and a twinkle in his eyes. My deep sympathy to the Gray family. Mary Jo Orsinger
MR

maria roberts

Posted at 02:11pm
My deepest sympathy to the Gray family.

Maria Roberts

Lori LaChapelle

Posted at 04:20pm
For sharing your love of nature and biology of life with me and all, may this tree serve as as a peaceful memory in your honor.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Dr. Bruce Gray — Plant a Tree Now
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each