CAMPTON — Eugene James Scray Jr., 87, of Campton, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at home in Campton with his loving wife, Patricia Webster Scray, and his son at his side.
Eugene was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 24, 1930, to Eugene and Anna (Baumeister) Scray. Eugene was raised and attended school in Bound Brook, New Jersey. From an early age, he had a keen interest in electronics, and is remembered for annoying the neighbors and entertaining the neighborhood children with his radio-controlled model airplanes (now known as drones); his radio-controlled boat was a big hit and everyone gleefully followed him down to the lake to witness its maiden voyage.
Eugene served in the United States Air Force for four years from 1950 to Sept. 29, 1954, as a staff sargent. He attended Louisiana State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering.
A longtime resident of Burlington, Vermont, he was a top level engineer who led significant accomplishments for IBM in Microchip Manufacturing being one of IBM's top engineers, leading the establishment and construction of the IBM Burlington semiconductor manufacturing plant employing approximately 10K people and mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest semiconductor manufacturing plant in the world back in the '70s. Eugene later lead efforts in electro-beam lithography (writing one electron at a time), leading IBM across the 1 micron chip manufacturing goal line, which at the time was considered very significant. Eugene is a multiple patent holder – both individually and for IBM. Eugene was also on the board of directors for WindTunnel Software – a leading software performance modeling company back in the '90s. Upon retirement from IBM, Eugene spent time in the San Francisco bay area as a consultant in the area of electron beam lithography. He later moved to Ruston, Louisiana, with his family, where he formed and was very active in his church’s computer educational program.
Eugene was also the co-owner of "197 Pearl Street" or known at the time as the "Outdoorsman" – a business that sold snowmobiles, tractors, minibikes, dune buggies etc. back in the 1970s. It was a fun place with lots going on.
Eugene was also a multi-talented highly skilled craftsman and dedicated many hours to teach all of his children the joy of building things and using tools. Throughout the years, he also enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, swimming with family, good food and his pet dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Webster Scray; his daughter Anne (William) Parkinson of Hinesburg, Vermont; son Eugene (Albertine) Scray III, Leroy, Illinois; and daughter, Tamera Laskaris of Okemos, Michigan. He is also survived by his sisters Judith (Richard) Dilts, Nancy Dolgos, Jeannie (Jim) Delmar. Grandchildren include Jennifer Samson, William M., Michael, Peter, and Jessica Parkinson, Morgan, Jimmy, Elizabeth, Stephen, Lance, Zoe, and Alexander Scray, and Gus, Sophia, Max and Aleni Laskaris; and great-grandchildren Joseph, Ana, and Julia Samson, William C Parkinson and Charles Parkinson. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Frances Ruth Henry Scray and his sister Bettyann Breen.
Services will be held at the Campton Congregational Church in Campton, 495 Route 175 on Dec.6 at 4 p.m. Interment will be at a later date in Arcadia Cemetery, Arcadia, Louisiana.
The Mayhew Funeral Home and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Eugene’s book of memories go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.