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Phillip H. Gray


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Phillip H. Gray Obituary
Philip Howard Gray died peacefully in his sleep at his Bozeman residence on Nov.18, 2009.

He was born July 4, 1926, in Cape Rosier, Maine, to Asa H. and Bernice M. (Lawrence) Gray.

Philip served as a private in the United States Army from 1944 to 1945 and as private first class from 1945 to 1946, World War II ETO, in the 78th Infantry Division's 303rd Engineer Combat Battalion, 1st Army. This battalion received the Presidential Unit Citation for heroism under fire during action at the Ludendorff Bridge, Remagen, Germany, and the North Shoulder of Hurtgen Forest in the Ardennes-Alsace campaign.

He was a life member of the 78th Infantry Division Association, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 903. He was awarded three Bronze Star medals, an Army of Occupation medal with Germany clasp, a Presidential Unit Citation and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

After graduation from the eighth grade, he worked in the Maine woods and, at age 16, in the ship yards of Portland, Maine. He enlisted the day after his 18th birthday. Discharged in 1946, he began a period of self-education and in 1953 was examined at the Latin Grammar School in Boston and accepted into graduate programs at Stanford University and the University of Chicago. He chose the University of Chicago and earned a master's degree in psychology in 1958 and a doctorate from the University of Washington in 1960.

On New Year's Eve, 1954, Philip married Iris McKinney in Chicago.

Philip taught psychology at Montana State College from 1960 to 1968, at the University of Manitoba from 1968 to 1970, and again at Montana State University until he retired as a full professor in December 1991. He served as president of the Montana Psychological Association from 1968 to 1970, helped write the Montana licensing law for psychologists, and served as chairman of the Montana Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1972 to 1974.

A fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, International Society of Research on Aggression, and a senior fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, Philip is referenced in more than 80 volumes in his academic field and has been listed in Who's Who in America since 1982.

Philip is the author of a six-volume series, "Penobscot Pioneers"; a study of the psychopathology of murder titled "Ghoulies and Ghosties"; a critique of mysteries titled "Mean Streets and Dark Deeds"; "Classic Inuit Artists," which reflected his interest in Canadian Eskimo art; and his memoirs, "Egoteria of a Psychologist," which included many of his poems. He wrote three unpublished mysteries based in Maine. At the time of his death, he was working on a manuscript entitled "Jabberwocky Darwin, Jabberwocky Freud," in which he identified the Jabberwock that collapses societies.

As a member of the Company of Military Historians, Philip researched the WWII daily action reports of the 78th Division, writing articles for the division's publication, "The Flash," and "The Bugle," a publication of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.

Philip served as president of the local chapter of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution and as vice president general of the Intel-Mountain District of NSSAR. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Iris; daughter, Cindelyn Eberts; son, Howard Carso Gray; grandsons, Wescott and Russell Eberts; half-brother, Michael Gordon (Marcia); and brother-in-law, Victor Danico.

Philip was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ray Eberts; brother, Harland Gray; and his half-sister, Bemice Danico (Victor).

Following a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, burial will be at Fort Harrison Veteran's Cemetery in Helena.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2009
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