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Robert Ward Gray, American art association administrator. Recipient District Service award, Asheville Tourism Association, 1985, Lifetime Achieve. award, Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1980, Fine Art's award, Governor of North Carolina, 1998.


Gray, Robert Ward was born on June 26, 1916 in Tallahassee. Son of Joseph Henry and Welia (Ward) Gray.


Studies in civil engineering, University Florida. Studies in civil engineering, Tri-State College. Studies in civil engineering, School for America Craftsmen, 1949.


Project engineer Florida State Highway Department, Florida, 1946—1947. Manager Pottery Shop, Old Sturbridge Village, 1949—1951. Coordinator of craft program Old Sturbridge Village, 1951.

Director Worcster Craft Center, 1951—1961. Executive director Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina, 1961—1980, director emeritus, 1980, director development, 1980—1983. Charter member business cabinet Georgia State College, Milledgeville, Georgia, 1974—1977.

Fellow American Craft Council, New York City, 1980. Technology sergeant United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946.


President Asheville Tourism Association, Asheville, North Carolina, 1975—1976. Advisory council Haywood Community College, Clyde, 1975. Honoarary lifetime member Asheville Tourism Association, Asheville, 1985.


Married Lenorma Verdelle Connell, December 15, 1943.

Joseph Henry Gray

Welia (Ward) Gray

Lenorma Verdelle Connell