William Hugh Grey ’45

Dr. William Hugh Grey, 92, of Charlottesville, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Hospice House, following a hemorrhagic stroke ten days earlier.The son of Matt McMurray and DeBerniere Smith Grey, he was born in Davidson, N.C., and grew up in Charlotte.

He was preceded in death by his brother, DeBerniere “Bernie” Grey, and sisters, Frances Pfohl, Martha Hawkinson, and Jane Torrey.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Garrity Grey; his daughter, Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Grey and her children, Jacob Grey Davidson and Tanner Elizabeth Davidson; a son, James Alexander Grey; and stepsons, Matthew David Kavanaugh and Robert Edward Kavanaugh and his wife, Megan Harris. Also surviving are four nephews and two nieces, each of whom was his favorite.

Bill Grey received a B.S. degree from Davidson College and was the second generation of Greys who studied and taught there. He attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine when it was a two-year medical school and then earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia.

His professional positions included Clinical Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine; Deputy Director of Training and Research and Deputy Director of Medical Affairs at Western State Hospital; Psychiatric Consultant, Valley Community Services Board; and Medical Director, Harrison-Rockingham Community Services Board.

In retirement, he served as a Bereavement Group Leader with Hospice of the Piedmont.Bill was a member and past president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, a life member of the American Psychiatric Association, and a former member of the Forum Club of Staunton and the Medical Societies of Augusta and Albemarle Counties.

He belonged to Christ Episcopal Church, The Greencroft Club, the Senior Center, Senior Statesmen, the VAF, and Davidson, MCV-VCU, and UVA alumni associations.

There will be a private graveside ceremony at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton and a reception for family and friends after the holidays.

It is suggested that memorial contributions be directed to the Hospice of the Piedmont, Doctors Without Borders, or the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation.Henry Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

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