David Bray

David W. Bray, of Potsdam, NY, passed away on May 11, 2017 at home in Phoenix, NY.

David was born in Tiffin, Ohio to Ernest and Beula Bray on March 23, 1929. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from RPI in 1950. He went on to earn an M.S. degree from RPI and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for GE and then as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University. David was an avid amature radio operator with the call sign K2LMG. After retirement, David continued to enjoy technology and writing software. David was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather and an inspiration to his many students.

David is survived by his wife Estella, their children Elizabeth Bray and husband Mich Hein, and their daughter Marika of Oceanside, CA, Cynthia Bray and husband John Golay and their children David and Hannah of Ithaca, NY, Douglas Bray and wife Susan Bray, and their sons Kevin and Alec of Phoenix, NY, Robert Bray and wife Christine Bray, and their children Caitlin, Jean and Will of Lincoln, RI.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Central New York for their help and support during his final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Clarkson Fund.


This is from an offical annoucment from Clarkson University:

Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering David W. Bray, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Estella (Tellie), their four children Elizabeth, Cynthia, Douglas and Robert, and eight grandchildren.

In 1994, Dr. Bray retired after 23 years of service to the University. As the *Clarkson Mosaic* notes, Dr. Bray changed the face of Clarkson’s educational offerings. First as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department then later as Dean of Educational Computing, he led Clarkson’s pioneering activities as Clarkson, in 1983, became the first university in America to provide a personal computer to each incoming freshman. Many will recall that Dr. Bray was instrumental in developing the Galahad word processor that was widely used across the campus for years. Dr. Bray will also be remembered by many as a “go to” person for people in need of answers to computing questions. For years, he and Tellie enjoyed introducing families to the potential of computing through Clarkson’s Family Computer Camp. Dr. Bray received his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in Systems and Information Science from Syracuse University. He came to Clarkson College of Technology as a Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1971 while employed at the General Electric Company, Syracuse. Subsequently, he was appointed Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In July 1976, Dr. Bray was promoted to the rank of Professor and granted tenure.

Dr. Bray was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and held a Professional Engineering license in New York State.