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Elected October 1992

John Gray


A native of Scotland, John Gray graduated from St. Andrews University with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and has taken post-graduate courses in law and business administration. in 1954, he came to the U.S. and was employed by the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Public Works until late 1955, at which time he joined the U.S. Navy on active duty with the Seabees. Following his service, in 1957 he was appointed City Engineer for the City of Rockville, MD, and in 1961 was appointed Director of Public Works. During his service with the Rockville DPW, he gained national recognition for the development and use of high construction standards and specifications for street pavements.


In 1967, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), a position he held until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at NAPA, Mr. Gray gained national and international recognition for his efforts in the development of high-performance Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements. Through strong visionard and dedicated personal leadership, he led the Association and the HMA Industry virtually from their formative years to today's world-wide recognition of preeminence. Among his other achievements, in 1986 Mr. Gray was instrumental in the founding of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), located at Auburn University, Alabama.


Throughout his career with NAPA, Mr. Gray was an eloquent spokesman at both the national and international levels for the Hot Mix Asphalt Industry. He has appeared at many academic forums throughout the U.S. and countries on every continent in the world. Global in his outlook, he was active in the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA) and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, among others, providing guidance and counsel in their early years.


While serving with the Rockville DPW, he served on the Public Works Advisory Committee to the Maryland Municipal League and on the Technical advisory Committee to the Maryland AState Roads Commission. He is a past-president of the Virginia-Delaware-District of Columbia-Maryland Chapter of the American Public Works Association, is a member of the Maryland Engineers Association, the Association of Asphalt Technologists, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the International Society for Asphalt Pavements, and as Chairman of the Transportation Research Board Task Force on Highway Research in Industry. He was also elected to the Asphalt Institute Roll of Honor in December 1991 for his "Key contributions in the field of Hot Mix Asphalt" and for his promotion of "high construction standards for asphalt pavements." Upon his retirement from NAPA in 1992, he was honored with election to Life Membership in the Association and a $50,000 engineering scholarship was established in his name.