Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 165
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 165

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
Page 165
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Pat and flea Cray at Slonington, Conn., home with in-laws, four sons, two grandchildren. On porch, I. to r., lather-in-law Addison Kirk, son Patrick, Mrs. Kirk, lane and Edward Cray, she holding Douglas, he Caroline. Betsy and Alan Kirk Cray, Stephen D. Cray. [Mis Pa trick BPJH Hi CnaNkeGw MlfflRffl? by Lloyd Shearer Attorney General Richard Kleindiemt (r.) with Cray at news briefing. When named as FBI acting director by President Nixon, Cray says he was "just flabbergasted." T his past May when President Nixon appointed Louis'Patrick Cray III as acting interim head of the FBI, the general reaction throughout the country was mirrored in the pronoun, "who?" Except in select circles of the U.S. Justice Department where he was in charge of the civil division, and the U.S. Navy from which he had retired as a captain in I960, Pat Cray was relatively unknown. Today, some four months later, after crisscrossing the country, visiting various FBI field offices, getting media exposure, and giving more speeches in two months than Edgar Hoover in the last ten years, Pat Cray is a little better known to the public but not much. . His full background will be publicized later this year, when and if Richard Nixon is reelected, and sends to the U.S. Senate for confirmation the name of Louis Patrick Cray III as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dedicated lawyer Until then, here is a preview of the man: At 56, Pat Gray is a big, balding, crew- cut, forceful, dynamic, energetic, compassionate, political, high-minded, and dedicated lawyer, capable of a prodigious amount of work. People who know him best--his family, his colleagues, his law partners, his Navy mates--most frequently use the word "fair" to describe him. Allhough he has always been a Republican conservative ("I'm the only Republican in my family"), he is not, no matter what his detractors may say, a reactionary ideologue such as Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, a former Justice Department colleague. Nor does he generate the hostility associated with some of the top Justice Department officials in the reign of John Mitchell. He is a family man, a Roman Catholic who loves and in turn rejoices in the

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