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Scottish-born Ian J. Gray, 55, who was instrumental in the creation of McBee Associates, a national health-care finance and management consulting firm based in Columbia, Md., was also an invaluable mentor, work associates said.

"One of the special things about Ian is that he was extremely good at coaching," said Larry Sparacino, of McBee Associates. "He developed the careers of a number of our professionals."

Gray was aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

Gray emigrated from Scotland to the U.S. in 1968. He helped start McBee in the late 1970s. He and his wife, Ana Raley, the chief executive of Greater Southeast Community Hospital, lived in Columbia, Md.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Sep. 13, 2001.
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April 27, 2015
While we often think of this tragic day as a day that Anerica lost so many, we must always remember that there are many from other countries who also lost their lives that day, or friends and families of those victims are from other countries, so I must be careful and remind myself that the WORLD lost many great people that day, many of them who had a great impact on this world. We will not let their legacy die, but continue to strive and be better world citizens in their honor. Today my thoughts and prayers go out specifically for Ian's friends and family. Much love from Garland, TX, USA
Del Newberry
January 26, 2013
Ian, we never met, but I signed up for Project 2996 a few years back and blogged about you for the 5 yr 9/11 anniversary. In my research on you, I saw numerous comments from people who actually knew you, and I found myself wishing I could have been part of that group.

As part of my own quest for self-improvement, I joined Toastmasters a while back, and one of the speech projects I'm doing tasks me to speak in praise of somebody living or dead. I hope your friends and family will indulge my choice of you for this project. Thank you for the example you lived in your life; you truly are an inspiration.
James Kautz
September 11, 2011
I continue to miss him. I am continuing to choke up every year at this time. I cherish working in a building that bears his name every day. God bless you, Ian. You left quite a legacy.
Jay Wolvovsky
August 13, 2009
To the family of Ian J. Gray:
Ian gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
Dear Ian,
I think of your loss often but especially on this day. May you know that your country remembers and loves you and wishes comfort to your lovely Anna.
Linda Abel
September 11, 2008
Still missed, always thought of, still loved.
September 11, 2008
It's unfathomable to think you've been gone for 7 years now, Ian. You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
A friend
September 11, 2007
6 years, a million tears....

Love you always and forget you never.
A friend
July 19, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
October 31, 2006
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 13, 2006
Always thinking of you Ian.
Joanne Putnam
September 11, 2006
Ian, on this, the fifth anniversary of your passing, you are missed and loved more than you can fathom. I had the opportunity to visit Ground Zero two months ago and I saw your name on the 9/11 hero tablet they have erected on the chain link fence. I snapped a photo and stood there and wept thinking about what happened to you on that horrible day. God Bless you always.
January 17, 2006
Dearest Ian,
I spent a few hours this evening sharing wonderful stories of you and your family! Your graciousness will live forever; I am truly grateful for all you have done. My heart aches when my thoughts drift back to that rough and raw beginning of the 'new' tomorrow. And what a heartache it was to see you go... long after you had left.
Prayers and goodwill to your family and dear friends.
I am, and will always be, so sorry.
j p
September 8, 2005
In three days it will be four years since you've been gone. You are thought of daily and missed with each passing moment. Regardless of the fact that I only knew you for a brief period of time and that Chuck is no longer part of my life, in my home is a photo of you and Ana from our trip to Cancun. You both are in a boat, getting ready to take a swim. It is one of my most treasured memories. God Bless you, Ian. XOXO
January 25, 2005
How can three years have passed already? We can still hear your voice in the wind, in the rain, in the sunrise and in the moonlight. God Bless you Ian. We love you always.
A dear friend
September 9, 2004
Three years later and the pain has not subsided, and your memory will never fade. God Bless you Ian. You are missed and thought of more than you can possibly know...
January 8, 2004
May God Keep you and your Family you are in my thoughts and prayers
Lakia Hedgepeth
December 15, 2003
Merry Christmas to you and God Bless You...
Ashley Williams
September 14, 2003
Ian, you may have been taken from us, but you will never be forgotten. We love you.

Your friends and "family" at McBee Associates, Inc.
Larry Sparacino
September 11, 2003
There are dragons everywhere, and Ian is truly remembered everyday.
MaryBeth Watson
September 11, 2003
Ana & Chuck: 9/11/03 - Through meeting you two, I know that Ian was a good man and showed courage in the face of those evil; everyone involved will be forever honored and remembered. We'll never know how it is to lose someone this way, but we all know how it is to love someone. May they rest in peace in the warmth of God with thier family. Even though lives were lost on that day, heroes were made and bonds were strengthened. Those who envied Americans were to be made even more jealous when our heart, strength and pride were shown in 3 brilliant hues - red, white and blue...for this freedom we live and for this freedom we'll die.
Gus Garcia
September 11, 2003
God Bless you Ian. You will never be forgotten....
September 10, 2003
February 3, 2003
There never was a man that entered my life for just a brief moment, yet left a lifelong impression. Ian, you are missed more than you possibly know. Ana & Chuck, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My favorite memory will always be of the four of us sharing cigars in Cancun....

Crystal Garcia
September 25, 2002
Ian J. Gray was a very special person...
We love you Ian!!!
Leonor Azpurua
September 10, 2002
Dear Mrs.Gary,
Our school St.Pius X High School has given us hospital wrist bands with people that have past in 9/11.
I would like to tell you that your husband seemed like a wonderful person.You would remember him as gone or steal alive in your heart, but the world would remember him as a historical hero, because of what happened in 9/11. I would like to tell you that it has changed me and the world and I an sorry for what has happened. But your husband makes a differences with the rest of the 3,000 people that have died.So tomorrow in which ever way you chose to rememeber your husband just rememeber that I will remember as a true hero and a loving person.My reguards to you and your family.
Anna Quintero
September 10, 2002
September 11th, 2002

On this day twelve months after the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, I would like the family of Ian Gray to know that they have been very much in my thoughts during the last twelve months. I believe that Ian’s mother Kathleen and my late father Sydney Beech, originally from Bolton, Lancashire, were cousins.

Having experienced the loss of a son, I know that your lives have been changed forever, but I hope the knowledge that Ian died so bravely has strengthened you and given you courage to carry on.

I send my love to you all.

Margaret Maynard
P.O.Box 761,
Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Margaret Maynard
May 2, 2002
Today, May 2, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Ian & all the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone.

Ian, you may be gone, but will never be forgotten, may you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
April 18, 2002
May God Bless you and watch over your loved ones and friends now and forever.
Angie Campbell
March 22, 2002
To the family of Ian Gray,

Incredibly sorry for the loss of Ian. He was admired and respected by the Blue Cross Association.

God Bless,

Beth Garrett
Beth Garrett
January 12, 2002
We are very sorry for your loss of Ian. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
December 7, 2001
Ana, I still think of you in your sorrow. I know how much Ian meant to you.
Martha Baker
December 6, 2001
We wanted to let the family & friends of Ian Gray know that many in California are praying for God to comfort and bring peace to you thru this time and we will continue to pray dailey for all of you... God Bless
S. Petton
October 1, 2001
September 21, 2001
God bless
Sumner Alton
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