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Dr. William Gray Retires from the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

 Dr. Gray and Dr. Strome listen as Dean Reece reads a proclamation from the governor honoring Dr. Gray.

Dr. William Gray, associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (Oto-HNS) didn't spend the day of his retirement party relaxing or reflecting on his 30 years at the University School of Medicine. He spent October 15th the way he did many other Mondays, treating patients in the otorhinolarynology clinic, with a resident at his side learning all she could from this esteemed teacher.  


"I often tell people that if our department had a heart and soul, it would be named Bill Gray," said Scott Strome, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. "He's personally responsible for the education of a significant percentage of the practicing otolaryngologists in the state of Maryland. Of equal importance, he has dedicated his entire career to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, forgoing academic accolades to nurture and develop otolaryngology at our institution."


Strome won't be quick to let such an asset to the department get away. "Although your retirement closes one chapter in the book of your professional career, I'm optimistic that the last chapters of your relationship with our department and the School of Medicine remain unwritten," he told Dr. Gray. "It is my profound hope and desire that your continued interaction with our residents and students will instill in them a love of otolaryngology and serve as a link in the generational chain which we call the practice of medicine."


It was a strong testament to Dr. Gray's teaching skills that former students and residents came from as far away as California to honor him upon his retirement. Grateful patients also spoke highly of him, including his long-time friend William E. 'Brit' Kirwan, PhD, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, who recalled Dr. Gray making a house call on a Sunday to consult on Kirwan's granddaughter's case when a tumor was discovered in her neck. University of Maryland, Baltimore President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil turned to Dr. Gray for surgical assistance when he started losing his hearing. "Now I hear better than ever," he said.


The retirement ceremony ended with Dr. Strome and E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, dean of the School of Medicine, presenting Dr. Gray with a variety of gifts, including a proclamation from Governor Martin O'Malley honoring Dr. Gray for his contribution to the teaching of otolaryngology in Maryland; a certificate of appreciation signed by the entire staff of the Department of Oto-HNS; a painting of Davidge Hall and a School of Medicine chair. A reception followed in the Dental Museum.

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 David Ramsay (left) and Brit Kirwan have both benefitted from Dr. Gray's expertise.

 Past and present colleagues and residents of Dr. Gray's gather for a group photo in Davidge Hall. Some came from as far away as California for the ceremony.

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