Duncan Carleton Gray
Duncan Carleton Gray
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Team: Swimming & Diving

Duncan Carleton Gray '51
Hometown:
Princeton, NJ
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1977

Duncan Carleton Gray ’51 was a two-time intercollegiate swimming champion who guided Brown to back-to-back New England titles in 1950 and 1951. He was involved in 12 swimming records in the 50, 100, and 200-yard breaststroke, 150-yard medley, 300-yard medley relay, and the 400-yard freestyle relay. He also served as co-captain with Robert Barlow of the 6-2 Bruins of 1950-51, a team that lost only to Harvard and Yale in dual meets before going on to capture the New Englands. Coming to Brown from The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., Gray established his credentials on the 8-3 Cubs by swimming the freestyle leg with Dan Hoover, Fred Allen, and Barlow on the 400-yard freestyle relay unit that set a school record in 3:52.4. During his sophomore season Gray defeated Jim McKeever of MIT, the 1947-48 sprint champion, in the 100-yard breaststroke. By 1949-50 Duncan Gray had developed into one of the East’s finest breaststrokers for Coach Joe Watmough. In the New Englands that year he teamed with Win Wilson, Bill Dolan, and Barlow to take the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:35.4, a new Brown record. Of greater importance was that this victory brought the Bruins from behind and enabled them to take the New Englands. In the Easterns that spring, Gray set a new Brown time for the 150-yard individual medley with a 1:37.2 clocking. As a senior Dunc Gray set Brown records in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.8), and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.8). And in the New Englands he teamed with Barlow, Harry Newhard, and Don Englehard to take the 400-freestyle relay and pull the team into a tie with Trinity for Brown’s second successive N.E. championship. Duncan Gray is principal of Duncan Gray, Consulting Structural Engineers, of Washington, D.C.