Bob Gray, Publisher of Central Recovery Press (CRP), 57, died on October 15, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a long illness.
During his nine years as Publisher, Bob guided the Press from a single title to an internationally recognized house known for its innovative books on chronic pain, addiction treatment and recovery, and other behavioral health topics, with nearly one hundred books in print. His guiding philosophy and approach to publishing instilled the belief that CRP is a recovery company first and a publishing company second—a belief reflected in every aspect of the Press’s operation.
Among the highlights of his time at the helm of CRP, Bob published bestsellers A Day without Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM; All Bets Are Off by Arnie and Sheila Wexler; Intimate Treason by Claudia Black, PhD, and Cara Tripodi, LCSW; and The Joey Song by Sandra Swenson.
Utilizing his three decades of management and marketing experience, over twenty years of it in addiction and mental health, Bob had numerous leadership roles with Central Recovery and its family of companies since 2006 and was Senior Vice President of Communications at the time of his passing, where he directed the strategic company-wide corporate marketing and communications policies.
He proudly served as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foundation for Recovery, Inc., a public charity, which seeks to make recovery from addiction more available and remove barriers to addiction recovery. Bob was the recipient of the Foundation’s highest award, “The Brick,” at its 2015 Gala and Awards Ceremony.
A devoted member of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Fellowship, Bob was nineteen years old when he entered recovery on August 13, 1977. He came into NA at a time when the twelve-step fellowship was in its infancy, and he worked with other members to develop Narcotics Anonymous (the Basic Text of NA) in the early 1980s, as well as other literature pieces and service manuals. In his most current NA World Board position, Bob was the group facilitator for the Traditions Book Project, an undertaking he worked on with great passion, commitment, and joy.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Shirley Gray; brother, Mark (wife, Susan); nephews, Ryan and Matthew; and fiancé, Maria Scotto.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Heart Association and condolence messages may be left at Dignity Memorial.