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William H. Gray III, the loss of a leader

WILLIAM H. GRAY III The passing of former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for over three decades, is a tremendous loss of “transformative leader” of our city and nation. Gray passed away suddenly while in London with one of his sons to attend Wimbledon tennis championship, said a family spokesman. He was 71.His accomplishment in religion, politics, and education was more than most men achieve in a single field. Gray was elected as a Democrat in Congress in 1978 and served as budget committee chairman and majority whip.