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Dr. Constance K. Gray
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Dr. Constance K. Gray (Grodski) (nee Krasowska) died peacefully Thursday with her sister at her side at the Vi @ Silverstone Community in Scottsdale, AZ. She was 96.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI, and lived most of her life in Union, NJ with her husband, Stanley Gray (Grodski), who preceded her in death in 1997.
She was the daughter of Zophie Golembiowska and Boleslaw Krasowski who immigrated to the US from Poland and settled in Woonsocket, RI.
Dr. Gray attended Woonsocket High School, graduating second in her class, and attended RI College of Education on a scholarship. She took graduate studies in Poland in 1939 where she met and became friendly with the Bishop of Krakow, Karoly Wojtila, who later became Pope John Paul II. Ever the trail-blazer, she completed her doctorate in English at the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1939 - one of the first women to achieve this distinction. She moved to New Jersey and taught English for 27 years at Irvington High School, in Union NJ
Dr. Gray met her husband Stanley, as she fled Poland as World War II broke out and sailed on the USS Batory to the US. A scholarship was set up in Dr. Gray's name in 2009 for students of Polish descent who wished to study abroad in Poland. Donations can be sent to this scholarship foundation as follows: The Dr. Constance K. Gray Scholarship Foundation, c/o The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th St., New York, NY 10065-6501.
Dr. Gray is survived by her sister, Janet Buba, her two nieces, Bashi Buba (Richard Doyle) and Chris Buba, and her nephew, John Buba, as well as other as cousins back in Woonsocket.
A viewing will be held at Messenger Mortuary on Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ, on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. A funeral service will occur immediately thereafter following by reception at Vi @ Silverstone. Burial will occur at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, on August 14 at 10:00 a.m. where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.