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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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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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