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Athlete, scholar and student leader, Arthur "Pete" Gray was an outstanding member of the class of 1968. He entered the University on an Honor Award scholarship, played varsity football and track, served as a residence hall counselor, was elected president of the College of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the Honor Committee.

He belonged to Zeta Psi fraternity, the Raven Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, the German Club, the Thirteen Society, IMP and TILKA. He received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Student Award and the Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete Award and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee.

Following his time on Grounds Gray enlisted in the military and attended Officer Candidates School, graduating from Quantico with honors. As a lieutenant in the First Reconnaissance Battalion of the First Marine Division, he led eight reconnaissance patrols behind enemy lines in Vietnam. He died on July 19, 1970, from injuries received in a training accident. On his death his membership in the Seven Society was revealed.

Peter Gray's life and influence was summarized by his commander: " speak only of the man's accomplishments is to risk the danger of overwhelming Pete Gray and to mask the great humanity that was Pete's finest quality. He gave so completely and selflessly of himself that he positively affected the lives of countless people… a man who enriched our lives merely by having lived among us."

On Grounds today Pete is memorialized by the Gray-Carrington Scholarship Award, awarded to UVA students who demonstrate exceptional personal integrity, achievement, leadership and humility.

Pete Gray

Alexandria, VA
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