Lobbyist, Hastings native Bob Gray dies at 92

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Updated: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:58:10 CST

A Hastings native and Hastings College benefactor who the Washington Post called "one of the most sought after" lobbyists in D.C. has died at the age of 92.

Bob Gray's career in government included a position as secretary of the cabinet in the Eisenhower administration. In 1961, he joined the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton where, as head of Washington operations, he helped turn the company into an industry giant. He served as director of communications for Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, and co-chaired Reagan's 1981 inauguration committee.

Gray turned that connection into one of Central Nebraska's most memorable days, when he brought Reagan to Hastings in 1988 for the dedication of the CJ and Marie Gray Center for the Communication Arts at Hastings College; a facility named in honor of his parents.

Funeral services for Gray will be held Monday in Miami, Florida. Hastings services are being planned, although a date has not yet been set.