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Tray C. Mead

Tray C. Mead, museum director. Certified teacher, Arizona. Recipient Excellence award Centennial Committee, 1978, Golden Quill award Caligraphic Society Arizona, 1987, Native American Heritage award United States.M.C. Netherlands, 1991; named Honorary Medicine Man, Fort Apache Tribe, 1973, Honorary Chairman Mesa Parade, Mayor City of Mesa, 1980.


  • Mead, Tray C. was born on April 1, 1950 in Mesa, Arizona, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Education, Arizona State University, 1973.


    • Publisher Arizona Northland Magazine, Flagstaff, 1973-1977. Museum director Mesa Southwest Museum, since 1977. Founding director Arizona Federal Credit Union, Phoenix, 1980-1985.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher, Arizona.


    • Author: Mesa, Beneath the Superstitions, 1988, Sirrine House Story, 1992. Editor: Mesa Grande, 1979, Capturing the Canyon, 1987. Field editor Arizona White Mountain Magazine, since 1965.

      Contributing editor Tonto Trails Magazine, since 1970.


    Founding director Mesa Convention and Tourism Bureau, since 1989. Founding chairman Southwest Service Corporation, Phoenix, 1981-1985. Board directors, founding president Arts in Mesa, since 1980.

    Member National Trust History Preservation, American Association State and Local Histories, American Association Museum, Museum Association Arizona (founding member, vice president since 1982), Central Arizona Museum Association (founding president since 1978), Mesa Chamber of Commerce (committee chairman 1979-1989).



    Sculpting, painting, hiking, reading.


    • Son of Norman Wesley and Peggy Lee (Barrows) M. Barbara Celaya, February 9, 1981. Children: Michael Adam, Kristiana Nicole.
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    Born April 1, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1973
      Arizona State University
    • 1973 - 1977
      Publisher Arizona Northland Magazine
      Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
    • 1977
      museum director, Mesa Southwest Museum