Winter 2016 / Spring 2017
Edward Bray and his wife Joann seated at a table

The Spirit of Generosity

Edward Bray leaves $1.2 million

Staff Writer

When Chicago-area attorney and consultant Edward Bray JD ’58 passed away in 2015 at age 89, he left approximately $1.2 million to Suffolk Law. “Unfortunately, the Law School did not learn about Mr. Bray’s intentions until after his death,” says Dean Andrew Perlman, “so we never got the chance to thank Mr. Bray for his generous gift, which will be used to support our students in a variety of ways, including scholarships.”

Mr. Bray was born in Framingham, Mass., and married his wife, Joann, in 1950. She passed away in 2013. Mr. Bray was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946 at the rank of Staff Sergeant and from the Air Force in 1952 at the rank of Technical Sergeant. While in the military, he attended CSI Training School in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bray was a philanthropist, donating to disabled veterans, animal shelters, the American Heart Association, Parkinson’s research, the Alzheimer’s Association, Special Olympics, and other causes.

To show appreciation for Mr. Bray’s dedication and generosity, Dean Perlman announced the establishment of the Ed Bray Legacy Award, which will be conferred each year to honor one of the most generous contributors to the Law School.

“We hope that Mr. Bray’s spirit of generosity will be an inspiration to others to give back to the Law School, an institution that did so much to shape and guide their lives,” Dean Perlman says.

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