Biography of John Robert Gray


Gray, John Robert, M. D., Ph. G., secretary of the Buffalo College of Pharmacy (University of Buffalo), is the youngest son of Americk and Charlotte L. (Mills) Gray, and was born in the town of Evans, Erie county, June 6, 1859. He may very properly be considered a self-made man. Deprived of a father's care at the age of eight years his early training was obtained under the care of a Christian mother of more than ordinary mental endowments. He attended the "Little Red School House" and afterwards the Angola Academy, and taught school for a year on the 'Old Erie Road" in his native town. At the age of seventeen he conducted his grandmother's farm for a year. After serving a year's apprenticeship in Oatman's drug store at Angola he went to North East, Pa., where he was employed for three and one-half years in the drug store of Swarts & Loop. Dr. D. D. Loop, one of the firm, was subsequently his preceptor in the study of medicine. In 1886 he came to Buffalo and in 1887 purchased an interest in the Front Avenue Pharmacy, afterward familiarly known as Gray's Pharmacy, of which he became sole owner in the spring of 1888. From that time to the present his life has been one round of work and advancement. In 1889 he was appointed instructor in pharmacognosy (which he introduced) in the Buffalo College of Pharmacy, and was promoted to the chair of pharmacognosy in the following year. This institution was among the first, if not not the very first, of its kind to originate and develop this course of instruction. All this time Dr. Gray was studying as well as teaching and conducting his pharmacy, and in 1889 was graduated in medicine from the University of Buffalo, standing third on the roll of honor. In 1890 he received the honorary degree of Ph. G. from the council of that institution, on account of his knowledge of pharmacy and his scholarly entertainments, particularly along the line of botany in relation to pharmacy. In 1890 he gave a special summer course in pharmacognosy and has continued to fill that chair with consummate ability. In May, 1892, he sold his drug store and entered upon the active practice of medicine, opening an office at 246 Seventh avenue, Buffalo. In 1894 he published a text book entitled "A Guide to the Study of Pharmacognosy," and is now revising a second edition. He is a member of a number of medical and pharmacal societies-city, county, State and national. June 21, 1893, he married Carrie Louise, daughter of Timothy and Margaret (Senett) Sullivan of Buffalo. She was born at Port Daihousie, Canada, February 18, 1863. They have had two children: Americk Sullivan Gray, born June 15, 1896, died June 29, 1895, and Margaret Charlotte Gray, born April 16, 1897.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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