Duncan Gray Jr., Episcopal civil rights leader, dies at 89

Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr., an Episcopal priest who took risky stands for integration and endured a beating for the cause, died at age 89 at his home in Jackson on July 15, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.

He was a parish pastor from 1953 to 1974, and then Epis­copal bishop of Mis­sissippi until 1993, the diocese reported.

In addition to backing integration, Gray supported wo­men in ordained ministry and worked for gender equality among laypeople serving on vestries and committees, according to the diocese.