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Priscilla K. Gray

MIT First Lady, 1980 - 1990

MIT First Lady, 1980 - 1990

Priscilla K. Gray
MIT First Lady, 1980 – 1990

Priscilla King Gray is a former first lady of MIT and is still a warm presence and leader at the Institute. Except for two years in the military, her husband, Paul Gray (who was MIT’s 14th president from 1980 to 1990), has been at MIT since he enrolled as a freshman in 1950. Mrs. Gray has been at his side for most of those years. She helped to guide and shape MIT’s Public Service Center and the organization now known as the Women’s League, taught crewel embroidery, raised four children, served as a hospital volunteer, and provided aid, comfort, food, and guidance not only to her husband, but to generations of students, faculty, staff, and others in the MIT community. She is an honorary member of the MIT Alumni Association and was presented with its Bronze Beaver Award in 1990 in recognition of her service to the Institute and the Alumni Association.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • The inauguration of Senior Dinners.
  • The role and contributions of a first lady of MIT.
  • The foundation of MIT’s Public Service Center.
  • Vignettes about the imperial family of Japan.

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