Education: Third Chance

Twice in his life, quiet, forthright Army Secretary Gordon Gray just missed an academic career. As top scholar in his class ('30) at the University of North Carolina, he planned to be a history teacher, reluctantly postponed it when his father, Tobacco Tycoon Bowman Gray of the R. J. Reynolds Co. (Camels) persuaded him to tackle Yale Law School first.

After law practice in New York and North Carolina, Gray took over Winston-Salem's two newspapers and radio station, bought part interest in the Charlotte News. In 1942 came another change of sky: declining commissions, 32-year-old

Gordon Gray went off to World War II...

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