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September 19, 2017
Dr Gay and Dr Shafer. 1960-1964. kept in touch with both through the years. Had a long visit with Dr Gay just 4 years ago and conversations by phone since. They were both blessed with long lives. Dr Shafer remarried at 90. At 93 he drove from San Diego to Anchorage for the summer and back. What was most amazing was Dr Gay's mind in his 90's. He was so alert and quick. It made you feel like he would live forever. I just found out about his passing but guessed something had happened when I couldn't get him on the phone. If you are reading this Judy, give me a call 618-303-2020. Will be back in Seattle this next summer.
September 08, 2017
Rev Gay was the minister at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship when I first arrived in Anchorage in1985. Once he retired, he became the beloved minister emeritus for our church, and came back to speak to us frequently over the years. He'd pack the house whenever he spoke, had us rolling with laughter and thinking about his meaningful talks long afterwards. My heart goes out to his family and all the very many who loved him.
September 03, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the Gay family. Dale was a devoted student of Rev. Gay from "the beginning" at AMU. His erudition, elocution, and often humorous delivery place him in the pantheon of "most influential teachers ever." We'll remember him always and with great respect.
September 01, 2017
On July 29, 1978 Rev Gay married us on our front porch in Birchwood. We have stayed in touch thru the last 39 years. He was such a wonderful person. We send his family our deepest sorrow for their loss.
August 30, 2017
50 years ago, on June 29,1967, Reverend Gay came to my parent's home in Anchorage to perform the marriage ceremony for my husband Lloyd and me. I have always been so grateful to him for blessing our wonderful union. May he always be remembered with love.
August 30, 2017
He was very wise and beloved.
August 29, 2017
I was blessed to have Dr. Gay for Man's Religions in 1961-62 and he is one of 2 or 3 teachers who truly changed my life...I remember his kindness and funny comments - he made "religion" come alive for me and I've never forgotten his wise words and love for all he came into contact with. RIP Dr. Gay - you made a difference! Sue (Hamilton) Stanford
August 28, 2017
It is very hard to lose someone you love. My sincere wish toward the family is that God's Word will comfort you through the coming days. He is a refuge for those in distress. Psalms 9:9
August 28, 2017
We all have one or two teachers or professors that you never forget. For me one of those professors is Rev Gay. I took one class, World Religions, from him through Chapman College back in the 80s. I missed a couple classes due to work demands and my transcript shows I received a B in this course. In reality I earned an A because what I learned in his class has stuck with me all these years and helped shape me into the person I am today. He will be missed. My prayers to his family.
August 27, 2017
I feel I could write a book about this wonderful, intelligent man. He performed my marriage, 'baptized' all three of my children, presided over my parents' funerals and even performed a wedding for my friends at their log home in Hope. For many years we would listen to him speak and Averill play, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. He was a great soul and will be missed.

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