Daisy Gray was a dedicated special education teacher, who was one of the oldest graduates of NMSU (then NM A&M) when she earned her B.S. in Education in 1958 at the age of 62. Daisy McCann started teaching in rural Wisconsin in 1914, with teaching credentials from Richland County Normal School, received just a year after she graduated high school as valedictorian of her class. After teaching for eight years, she married Roy Gray and they started a family. They moved several times in the 1920’s, settled near Cimarron in northern New Mexico in 1931, and then moved to Las Cruces in 1942. She was a mother of five children, four of whom are still living in 2011, and became a grandmother of 13.
She started taking classes at the college in the summer of 1943. She was working at the college canteen and decided to attend classes during slack hours. As she told the Albuquerque Journal in 1958, “I’d been a substitute teacher in the Las Cruces Schools. I liked it so much I decided to continue. To do that I had to take college hours and that was the perfect opportunity.” She continued to take classes, mostly in the summer, for the next 15 years. She taught special education classes for 14 years at Court Junior High and Central Elementary School in Las Cruces. She also served as a 4H leader and taught Sunday school. She continued to teach until ill health forced her to resign about a month before her death in December, 1961. Her example inspired several of her grandchildren to become special education teachers. At least eight of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren attended New Mexico State University.
Class Level: FR. SO. JR. SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Required Major: SPED