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Lucye Gray Davis, Ph.D.

Gray Davis passed away peacefully at home with family all around. Gray is wife of Albert, mother of Reed and Robert and sister of Billy and Bobby Pugh. She is the daughter of the late Billy and Elizabeth Pugh of Burkeville, Va. She is the close friend of many.

As a clinical research scientist at Burroughs Wellcome, Gray was honored to work with the late Noel Laureate Trudy Elion in the development of Acyclovir, the first herpes treatment, and AZT, the first AIDS drug. She was proud to be mentored by the late David Berry. She continued to do extensive work with HIV and authored or co-authored over 20 publications. Gray was Executive Editor of Sexual Health Magazine. Her global travel carried her to over 29 countries.

While working and raising children, Gray earned 3 degrees from UNC (Go Heels). She loved her 3 grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews. She had no hesitation to follow her boys' adventures, whether crawling over rocky crags and camping in the Grand Canyon to scuba diving with 30 dives.

Gray's family was her joy. She will be sorely missed.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, 11am at St Michaels Episcopal Church 1520 Canterbury Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608. Reception will follow at the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susan B Komen Foundation, the Kay Yow Cancer fund, or the charity of your choice.

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