Mark H. Gray
April 16, 2022

MARK H. GRAY: Passed away on April 16, 2022 in Pittsburgh PA following a brave battle against cancer. He was 79. Mark was the former president and CEO of Gray Baumgarten Layport, a Pittsburgh advertising/marketing agency. His career in advertising spanned over 50 years. Born and brought up in New York, he was a journalism graduate of Penn State University. Mark is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Carol), a marriage lasting for 59 years. He is also survived by his children, Lisa Glaser (Don) of Pittsburgh and Richard Gray (LeeAnne) of Los Angeles California and grandchildren Ben Rosen, Emily Rosen and Zoe Gray, and brother and sister in-laws Perry and Nancy Rofey, nephew Scott Rofey (Olivia) and sons of New York, niece Dana Rofey (Adam Golomb) and daughters of Pittsburgh, and Lee and Robert Weisbard and families of Denver, Colorado. Mark served many years as president and board member of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, as well as a board member of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Just Harvest and as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival (autism), as well as other non-profit organizations. He enjoyed great food, good books and loved watching sports, especially Steelers, Penn State and University of Michigan football. Our sincere thanks to his many caring doctors, nurses and the staff of UPMC Family Hospice. Services and Interment Private. A Celebration of Life memorial will be planned for the near future. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. 


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Shocked to read about Mark's death and sending condolences to the family, especially to Carol. Although we lost touch many years ago, Carol and Mark, welcomed me to Pittsburgh. I have fond memories of Mark as my brother's high school friend and as the newly weds living on Long Island. May Mark's memory be a blessing.

By Jill Balagur-Conn - April 29, 2022

I am sorry to hear this news (and so close to the one-year anniversary of Baumer's passing). Mark was an institution in my household growing up, and in the entire Pittsburgh ad world! I really appreciate the role he played in my own Dad's professional and personal life. The world has lost a fine and generous man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Ron Baumgarten, Jr.

By Ronald J Baumgarten - April 20, 2022

You all have my sympathy. Mark Gray was my daughters first employer. She always spoke highly of Mark. I’m glad she had such a good start in life. She spoke highly of him. My sincere sympathy to Carol and all the family . Sincerely Joanne Petrillo mother of Nancy Kotar

By Joanne Petrillo - April 20, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with you Carole and your family at this difficult time.

By Layla Ballon - April 18, 2022