ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 157, No. 120
(Senate - August 02, 2011)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS

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                    REMEMBERING JUSTICE DOUGLAS GRAY

 Ms. AYOTTE. Mr. President, today I honor the memory of the 
late Douglas Gray, a former New Hampshire Superior Court justice and an 
extraordinary public servant who dedicated his life to serving the 
Granite State.
  Originally from Portsmouth, Justice Gray moved at the age of seven to 
Rye, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He graduated from 
Portsmouth High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 
1951 to 1954. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 
1959, he earned his juris doctor from Boston College Law School, and 
went on to pursue a successful career practicing law in Portsmouth. 
During 1973-1983, he served as part-time special justice in the New 
Hampshire District Court system.
  In 1983, he was appointed by Governor John H. Sununu to serve as 
associate justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, where he 
presided until 1998. He was then elected to serve as a senior justice 
and presided on a part-time basis until his retirement in 2003.
  As a judge, Justice Gray possessed exceptional intelligence and a 
deep respect for upholding the rule of law. And as a prosecutor, I had 
the privilege of trying cases before him. In fact, I tried my first 
murder case before Justice Gray. He was tough, but always fair, and I 
know that I and many of my peers in the New Hampshire bar learned a 
great deal from him. I deeply admired his integrity and his principled 
dedication to the law.
  With Justice Gray's passing, New Hampshire has lost a devoted public 
servant and Rye has lost a beloved member of the community. My thoughts 
and prayers are with his wife Cornelia and his entire family. At this 
sad time, we celebrate his life--grateful to have known a person who 
exemplified the very best of New Hampshire's tradition of public 
service.

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