Memorial Service Set For Kevin Gray

Noted actor — and Staples graduate — Kevin Gray died suddenly in February.

A memorial event in his honor is planned at New York’s Majestic Theater on Monday, May 13 (2 p.m.).

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray

Kevin’s wife Dodie Pettit, and many of his theater friends — including Charles Randolph-Wright, director of “Motown: The Musical,” and a former classmate at Duke University — are helping organize the tribute.

A large crowd is expected, including former Staples Players; friends from Duke; students from the Hartt School, where Kevin taught, and Broadway colleagues.

In addition, 2 scholarships have been set up in Kevin’s memory. Both aid promising musical theater students.

Jamie Wisser – Kevin’s classmate at both Staples and Duke — has helped organize “The Kevin Gray Musical Theater Award Endowment Fund” at Duke , while Dodie has worked on “The Kevin Gray Memorial Scholarship Award” at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.

Donations to Duke can be made online or by mail (click here for details). (If donating online, check “Add an unlisted designation” and type “The Kevin Gray Musical Theater Award Endowment Fund in the dropdown box.)

Donations to Hartt can be made online or by mail (University of Hartford, Office of Institutional Advancement, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06117. (If donating online, choose “Other” for the designation and put “The Kevin Gray Memorial Scholarship Award” in the blank space provided.)



7 responses to “Memorial Service Set For Kevin Gray

  1. A great actor and teacher, and a huge loss. Tg

  2. So sad – so young. His obit in the Norwalk Hour included this: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kevin’s name to the Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 504 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851 (www. or the Connecticut Dance School, 42 Halley Ct., Fairfield, CT 06825 (

  3. What Staples class was he in?

  4. SunnysideLaneGal

    Dan, Kevin was a member of the Class of 1976. He attended Coleytown Elementary and Coleytown Junior High.