Ronald L. Bray, a retired printing company executive and former longtime Riderwood resident, died Feb. 21 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Wright's Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole, Fla. He was 81.

Ronald Lee Bray was born in Baltimore and raised on Winston Avenue and later on Dixie Drive in Towson. He was a 1950 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys.


He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, where he was an electronic countermeasure operator aboard B-52 bombers.

After being discharged from the Air Force, he earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1959 from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Bray was 16 when he began his career with French Bray Inc., a family-owned commercial printer. He became president in 1966 when the company had $1 million in annual sales.

The Glen Burnie business employed 145 and had $26 million in annual sales. Its clients included the Orioles, Baltimore Colts, Ravens, T. Rowe Price Associates, American Red Cross, and Black & Decker Corp.

It was sold in 1998 to Mail-Well Inc. The sale marked the first time since its founding in 1917 that a Bray family member wasn't at the helm of the company.

"I've done a lot, and put a lot of energy into building this company," Mr. Bray told The Baltimore Sun at the time of the sale.

Mr. Bray's professional memberships included the Printing Industries of Maryland and Printing Industries of America.

The former Carrbridge Circle resident had moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2006.

He was a Mason for more than 50 years and a member of the Boumi Temple. He was also a longtime member of the Hillendale Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Mr. Bray is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Ellen Coker; two daughters, Linda Bray and Marianne Bickford, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Eben Bray of Timonium; a sister, Geraldine Sekora of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and three grandchildren. His son, Gerald L. Bray II, died in 2011.