Paul D. Gray, 60: Helped shape future of Maine Medical Center

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Paul D. Gray, 60, died Jan. 10 in Portland.

Born April 29, 1950, in Dallas, Texas, a son of Donald Richard Gray and Agnes Lou Smith Gray, he attended Texas schools, and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations at Michigan State University.

He began his career as a senior executive with the Texas Medical Association in Austin, and later worked in senior management positions with Texas firms focused on strategic and facility planning for health science centers and teaching hospitals.

In 1984 he married Beth L. DeTine, and had a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Gray, born in 1988.

With a desire to trade hectic business travel for a more family-centered life, they moved to Portland where he joined Maine Medical Center as vice president of planning.

An atypical Texan, he immediately adopted Maine as his home and loved the four seasons and natural beauty of Maine.

As vice president for system-wide planning, he led the integrated strategic planning processes for Maine Medical Center, MaineHealth and its other member organizations.

Among many noteworthy accomplishments, he contributed to the merger of Maine Medical Center and Brighton Medical Center; the joint venture with New England Rehabilitation Hospital-Portland; the development of the MMC Scarborough Campus; the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital; and the Gibson Pavilion.

He was involved in a variety of community and professional organizations, serving on the boards of the New England Society for HealthCare Strategy, the Center for Grieving Children, and the Foundation of Southern Maine Community College.

A quiet man of faith, he was also active in the First Congregational Church, where he was a leader of the strategic planning process and member of the board of deacons and the council.

Survivors include his wife, Beth; and daughter, Elizabeth; his sister, Sandra Gray Griffith and her husband Brooks of Austin, Texas; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their children, Nancy DeTine, Jim Mendola and Caitlin DeTine; Susan DeTine-Carter, Don Carter, Katie and Don Carter; Linda DeTine, Jim Glose, Max Glose and Sophie DeTine; Amy DeTine and Ted LaCroix; Carol DeTine, Roger Woodman and Abby Woodman.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Memorial contributions may be sent to Maine Medical Center, c/o Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

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