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Editor , writer , poet

Ralph Gray, American editor, writer, poet. Recipient George Washington medal Freedoms Foundation, 1952; Golden Lamp award Educational Press Association of America, 1975.


Gray, Ralph was born on February 24, 1915 in Nevada, Missouri, United States. Son of Chester Harold and Pearl Iola (Welch) Gray.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Maryland., 1937.


Travel counselor, writer, American Auto Association, Washington, 1937-1943;writer, editor, National Geographic Society, Washington, 1943-1952;chief of school service, National Geographic Society, Washington, 1952-1975;editor, National Geographic World Magazine, Washington, 1975-1985;editor, Books for World Explorers, Washington, 1979-1985;editor emeritus, World Magazine, Books for World Explorers, Washington, 1985-1990. National advisory board The Foxfire Fund, Rabun Gap, Georgia, since 1967. Editorial consultant Grand Canyon Public, Salt Lake City, 1978-1985, Nutrition Today Society, Annapolis, Maryland., 1983-1985, Bittersweet Magazine, Inc., Lebanon, Missouri, 1973-1983.


Founder, Green Meadows Boys Club, Hyattsville, Maryland, 1942. President Green Meadows Citizens Association, Hyattsville, 1948. Ancient Oak Citizens Association, Darnestown, Maryland, 1967.

Member Educational Press Association of America (president Washington chapter 1957-1958, regional director 1971-1972), Association American Geographers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Explorers Club (board directors 1970-1973), Transylvania Writers Alliance (steering committee since 1998). Clubs: Cosmos (Washington) (member board management 1977-1980).


Married Jean Grace Hamilton, August 9. 1938; children– Judith, Mary Ellen, William, Donna.

Chester Harold Gray

Pearl Iola (Welch) Gray

Jean Grace Hamilton

Judith Gray

Mary Ellen Gray

William Gray

Donna Gray