(transcribed: 02/13/06) 
Copy courtesy of Colby College,Waterville, Maine 
The Arkansas Democrat's Editorial of 12/11/1905 

In the death of Col O C Gray, superintendent of the
Blind School, Arkansas suffers a severe loss. 

His long and useful career constitutes one of the most
interesting pages in the history of the state. He had lived through more
than three score and ten years and there was not a blemish on his life.
As a young man he was a close student and a hard worker; he was brave
soldier and able educator, a good citizen and a christian gentleman. As
a public officer he won the confidence and esteem of the people and was
never criticised for a dereliction of duty. He lived indeed an exemplary
life and passed to his final reward honored and loved by every one. The
great deeds of his life will live for generations and the principles he
has instilled into the hearts of the young men who have come within the
scope of his influence will never perish. The world is the better for
his having lived in it and thousands are stronger and worthier of life
for having met and associated with him. Generations yet to come will pay
tribute to his memory and there will be cherished for him a tender
feeling among all who were honored with his friendship. A grand and
noble character has laid down the burdens of life. God rest his soul in