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Patrick F. Bray December 7,1922 - October 11, 2013 Salt Lake City, UT - Patrick was born and raised in Norwich. Always a New Englander at heart, he said the "crux of his education" was the Norwich Free Academy. He went on to receive his undergraduate education at the University of Connecticut. He was drafted during World War II and subsequently received his MD at the University of Rochester Medical School in 1947. Patrick interned in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he met Marilyn Snow. They were married for 56 years. Patrick completed a Pediatrics residency at Stanford University Hospital. During Korea he was redrafted and spent teo years at Fort Hood TX, serving as a physician for the company and their families. He spent three years at Columbia's Neurological Institute in New York City, and then returned to University of Utah Medical School faculty in 1960. He was in the Neurology & Pediatrics departments at the U of U until 1997. At his essence, Patrick was devoted to the tripartite missions of academic medicine. He loved helping patients, and got enormous satisfaction from clinical dilemmas that led to discoveries in his research laboratory. One of his proudest accomplishments was the many Neurology residents and future friends he trained over his decades on the faculty at the University of Utah. Patrick served on a numerous national committees, both clinical and research, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Pediatric Research, the American Medical Association Academy of Neurology and the Executive Board of the American Academy of Neurology. He spent 10 years as consultant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and later served a four-year term on the National Institute of Health's Neurology Advisory Council. After eight years on the Board of Directors certifying special competence in Neurology and Psychiatry (ABPN), he served as President in 1984. Authoring over 150 publications, he published a textbook, Neurology in Pediatrics in 1969 - the first ever textbook on this discipline - and an electronic disk ‘Desktop Neurology and Psychiatry in 1999. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut and from the Child Neurology Society and the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society. A dedicated runner, he ran 1 New York City marathon and 10 consecutive Boston Marathons, the last one at age 65. Pat and his Marilyn were proud of their three children, Paul (Nancy), Katherine (Dan) and Margaret (Paul) and their six grandchildren. Patrick is also survived by his sister, Catherine Monahan of Stratford, and her family. At his 50th University of Rochester medical school reunion, he wrote "What's a better way to spend a life if you can't sing and dance"? A private family service is planned; donations may be made to the Otis Public Library, Doctors Without Borders, or a .

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Nov. 3, 2013
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