URBANA – Stanley Everts Gray, 94, from Urbana passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at his home.
Stanley (Stan) was a retired professor emeritus in the Department of French at the University of Illinois, where he taught for 34 years.
Stan was born and spent his early years in Indianapolis. He was raised by his mother, Pauline (Polly) Gray Linthicum, to whom he credits his initial interest in all things French. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1944.
Stan began studies at Indiana University as part of the Army Reserve Training Program before entering military service, which was spent in the Philippines and Japan. After his release, Stan lived and worked on the family ranch in Stove Prairie, Colorado, where he enthusiastically took over the “cowboy life” of a cattle rancher. During the summer, Stan and his stepfather, Lemuel “Dutch” Linthicum, ran the stable at the Brinwood Hotel in Rocky Mountain National Park, while his mother managed the hotel dining room. During these years, Stan competed in several rodeos, specializing in calf and bareback events.
The GI Bill enabled Stan to enroll at the University of Colorado in 1948, where he honed his interest in the study of French, particularly French literature, and completed his undergraduate studies. It was here that he met and married his wife, Lorraine Basich, and his daughter Claudia was born.
In 1952, the family moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where Stan pursued graduate studies at Indiana University, leading to a doctorate. A Fulbright scholarship allowed her to continue her studies in Toulouse and Paris, France, in 1957.
In 1958, Stan was offered a teaching position at the University of Illinois and moved to Champaign-Urbana. This is where her second daughter, Abigail, was born. Stan remained at IU until his retirement. In addition to teaching courses and seminars, mainly in his field, French literature of the twentieth century, he conducted a doctorate. essays and was a popular mentor to graduate students.
Stan and Lorraine enjoyed spending part of each winter on Marco Island, Florida, as well as trips to Europe, but most of their vacations were in Colorado. Until his death in 2010, he and Lorraine enjoyed hiking, backpacking, camping and especially fishing; Stan was an avid fly fishing enthusiast who tied his own flies. Over the years, he has walked most of the trails and fished almost every high mountain lake and stream in Rocky Mountain National Park. Stan continued to spend the summer months in Colorado.
Years later, Stan found pleasure in music (especially jazz), books, meals and good conversations with friends, Friday night poker games, and daily mastery of the New York crosswords. Times.
He is survived by his daughters, Claudia Gray Sweet and Abigail Gray; two grandchildren, River Finlay and Reed Finlay; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial is planned for spring 2022. Illiana Cremation Society is helping the family make the arrangements. Condolences can be offered to illianacremationsociety.com.