An alumna of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has left her estate to the UCCS Department of English.
Patricia A. Gray, of Cascade, Colo., graduated with honors from UCCS in 1986, after enrolling at the university as a 54-year-old freshman following a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
She retired as an E-9, the highest rank of enlisted personnel.
“Through hard work and perseverance, she made her way to the top in an era when it was difficult for women to advance in the military,” said attorney Henry Eastland, who handled the estate for Gray who had no heirs but did have fond memories of her time at UCCS.
According to the Office of Admissions and Records, Gray attended UCCS from Jan. 1984 until she graduated in May 1986 with magna cum laude honors.
Gray instructed that her estate, valued at $195,500, be left to the CU Foundation to benefit the UCCS Department of English. Rebecca Laroche, associate professor of English and department chair, said the department will decide this fall how to spend the money.
Gray died July 27, 2009, at age 78, and was buried with full military honors July 31, 2009 at Evergreen Cemetery.