Waldo Eugene Pray ’45 died on March 19, 2007, in Scarborough at a Maine Veterans’ Home.
Waldo Eugene Pray ’45 died on March 19, 2007, in Scarborough at a Maine Veterans’ Home. Born on July 24, 1923, in Palmyra, he prepared for college at Newport High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1941 to March of 1943, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. He became a staff sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. After the war, he returned to the College and received his bachelor of science degree in June of 1946. He was a member of the Maine National Guard and the Army Reserve until retiring as a captain in 1972.After teaching at Portland Junior College in 1946-47, he joined the Guy Gannett Publishing Company in Portland, where he was a reporter and an editor until 1969. For two years, he was a media director with the Central Maine Power Company in Augusta before becoming a publicity representative with the Maine state government in Augusta. He later became the special assistant to the Maine Commissioner of Commerce and Industry and served as a publicist for the Department of Conservation and Environmental Protection until his retirement from State service in 1988. Over the course of his career, he donated much of his free time to focusing public attention on the problems of alcohol and drug abuse in Maine. In 1990, he received the Individual of the Year Award of the Maine State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Conference. During his retirement he served as a publicist for the Maine Democratic Party and was also an acting director of Maine Common Cause. He was married in 1946 to Marjorie Day, who died in 2003, and is survived by three daughters, Margo Pfauser of Sanford, Fla., Carol Brook of Gilbert, Ariz., and Walda Jean Gallant of Westbrook; a brother, Frank Pray of Newport; six grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.