AARP Utah is thrilled to welcome Dr. Howard Gray as our newest Area Coordinator for Utah County. Dr. Gray brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this position.
He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in from Brigham Young University and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. In 1975 he was employed at Radford College in Virginia Higher Education System where he became a specialist in professional accreditation, but he returned to his roots, and in 1979 was hired by his alma mater, BYU.
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Dr. Gray has served as Department Chairman, Director of the BYU Gerontology Program, and on the Executive Committee of the BYU Faculty Advisory Council. His leadership experiences started when he was a student, as he re-chartered the Freshman Honor Society of Phi Eta Sigma and served as Chapter President of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Dr. Gray has enjoyed many opportunities to serve outside of BYU as well, including service on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Special Olympics, as Board President for the Utah Special Olympics, on the Executive Organizing Committee of the 1985 International Special Olympics Winter Games, on the Recreation Advisory Committee for the City of Orem, and on the founding committee for Orem’s Family City USA Celebration, which received the Valley Forge Foundation Award.
He served on the Utah Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, AALR National President, Consultant to Taiwan and Israel, co-founder (with Dr. Steven Heiner) of the BYU Healthy Lifestyle Seminars at the Huntsman World Senior Games, and as international family services ambassador to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and Para-Olympic Games.
Dr. Gray loves church activity within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and service as Stake Sunday School President and Mt. Timpanogos Temple Ordinance Worker. He learned German in Switzerland during his two and one half year mission. He also loves to travel, which has included all 50 states as well as Israel, France, Italy, Taiwan, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Belize, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, and many other countries.
In 1968 Howard met and married Sharon Pearl Reed from Morenci, Arizona. They were married in the Manti Temple. They have four children: Sheridan Pearl Redmond, Austin Richard Gray, Jordan Robert Gray and Mardi Elizabeth Broadbent, and fourteen grandchildren.
His motto: Life’s challenges are easier to handle when you are in the company of great friends. It is a “double blessing” when you achieve worthy goals with the support of family and friends.