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Founding partner of Indy law firm dies

August 29, 2008

Mark W. Gray, a founding partner of Indianapolis-based Kightlinger & Gray, died Aug. 27 after a nearly four-year struggle with heart disease and cancer. He was 91.

After returning to Indianapolis after serving in World War II in the U.S. Army, Gray and Erle Kightlinger joined the law firm that would ultimately bear their names. Gray's practice focused extensively on insurance work. He spent more than 40 years as chief lobbyist for the American Insurance Association in the General Assembly. He also volunteered as an ethics examiner for the Indiana Supreme Court.

Gray became designated as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter in 1952 and gave his time and insight to fellow CPCUs. He was honored by the National Society of CPCU with its Trendsetter Award and the central Indiana chapter of the CPCU later established a scholarship in his name.

Outside of his practice, he was declared a Sagamore of the Wabash, and was a member of the Columbia Club, the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, and a 33rd Degree Mason. He served as a board member and officer of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association from 1947 to 2001.

A calling and memorial service will take place Aug. 31 at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. The calling begins at 1 p.m.; the service begins at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Annual Fund of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, 2801 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, 46268.

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