By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
Was born December 30, 1838, at Boston, Lincolnshire, England. Educated at "Standard Hill,'' the head master of which was William Goodacre, the well-known author of "Goodacre's Arithmetic." Afterwards he was articled under the old indenture system for five years to Williamm March, Chemist and Apothecary, Newark.
He established his business in Montreal in 1859. The specialties of
Mr. Gray's business are the supplying of public institutions and physicians
with drugs, chemicals and pharmaceutical preparations and the dispensing
of physicians' prescriptions. Mr. Gray has devoted himself during the last
twenty years to the study of Sanitary Science, and particularly to the
sanitation of cities, and has been connected with every movement to improve
the sanitary condition of Montreal. Mr. Gray was one of the originators
of the Pharmaceutical Association of the Province,
and after being successively Secretary, 'I'reasurer and Vice-President,
was elected for three years in succession President and member of the Board
of Examiners. He was also one of the Charter Members of the Montreal
College of Pharmacy, and
In 1885, Mr. Gray succeeded in getting a by-law through the City Council
requiring the contents of closets and all household refuse to be cremated,
and shortly afterwards crematories were erected and a contract for five
years' collection and cremation given out. After having seived his
term as Alderman for three years, Mr. Gray declined re-election.
Shortly afterwards he was appointed by the Government a
When the '' Public Health Act'' passed the Legislature shortly after the small-pox epidemic, Mr. Gray, who had in addition to his aldermanic duties been a member of the old Central Board of Health for the Province, was appointed a member of the new Public Health Board then created, and has remained a member ever since, having been reappointed by the Government of Mr. Mercier at the expiration of his first term of service.
In 1885, Mr. Gray was elected " membre honoraire de la Societe d'Hygiene Francaise," of Paris, France. We may add that shortly after his retirement from the City Council, Mr. Gray was asked by a number of leading citizens of all parties and creeds to accept the nomination of Mayor, but owing to business reasons he was obliged to decline.
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