John Gray has made key contributions in the field of hot-mix asphalt the last thirty years. He has diligently and energetically promoted high construction standards for asphalt pavements through NAPA’S national outreach program and its state organizations.
He served as the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Chief Executive Officer from 1963 until 1992. As CEO, Mr. Gray was responsible for the administration of all NAPA activities, including federal government relations, engineering and research programs, safety, and environmental programs.
Mr. Gray is a native of Scotland and a graduate of St. Andrews University, with a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In the early 1950s, he was employed by the Burgh of Arbroath in Scotland. Upon arriving in America, Mr. Gray was employed by the Montgomery County Public Works Department as Highway Design Engineer. After serving two years in the Seabees, he was appointed City Engineer, then Director of Public Works for Rockville, Maryland. During his six years as Director, he gained a national reputation for the development and use of high construction standards and specifications for asphalt street pavements.
Mr. Gray is a past president of the Virginia-Delaware District of the American Public Works Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the International Society for Asphalt Pavements and is Chairman of the Transportation Research Board Task Force on Highway Research in Industry. He is an active member of the Association of Asphalt Pavement Technologists, the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, and the Maryland Engineers Association.