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Ed Gray, 71, passed on January at his home in Snohomish.
Edward "Ed" Gray
No service is planned, per his wish.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Kidney Centers, PO Box 3035, Seattle, WA 98114.
Ed was born in Denver, Colorado, where he graduated from Cathedral High School and Colorado State College in Greeley, majoring in education. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He taught for a total of 37 years including elementary school for several years in Jefferson County near Denver.
In 1966 he moved to the Seattle area where he taught in Northshore School District, teaching elementary classes and then moving to the library program.
In 1974, he was elected President of the Northshore Education Association and was initiated into Phi Delta Kappa, the professional fraternity for educators.
After completing his Masters Degree at the University of Washington, he served for 19 years as the librarian at Canyon Park Junior High. During this time he was also a leader in developing library curriculum, introducing technology into the library program, teaching computer classes for teachers and serving on District, State and building committees.
In 1993, he became the Supervisor of Instructional Materials/Library Services for the District. He retired in 1996. After retirement he became an instructor in the graduate program for school librarians at the University of Washington.
In 1982 he married his wife, Chris. After they both retired from teaching, they became involved in many projects and causes, including showing classic Lincoln automobiles across the country, politics, senior and homeless services.
Ed suffered from End Stage Renal Disease, had to go on dialysis in 2007 and for the last three years he and Chris did his dialysis at home. He considered these years to be bonus years.
He is survived by his wife, Chris; his brother, Jim (San Jose, CA); and numerous extended family members.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2013