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Thu February 08, 2007
Remembering Dr. Loren Grey
1915 - 2007

by: Terry Bolinger, ZGWS

On Friday, February 2, 2007, our beloved friend Dr. Loren Grey passed away. Loren had been suffering from ill health for a few years, but had still attended our most recent convention this past summer in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. Loren was best known as the youngest child of Zane Grey, the preeminent Western author, but the members of the ZGWS will remember him for himself Ė his friendship, his experiences, his stories, and his generosity to the society.

Loren Grey was the second son of author Zane Grey and was born in Middletown, New York on November 20, 1915. His sister, Betty Zane was born three years earlier also in Middleton, and his older brother, Romer was born in 1909 in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. Romer passed away in 1976. Loren took a very different route than his father acquiring a degree in English from the University of Southern California in 1939, an M.S. in Educational Psychology in 1954, and five years later a Doctor of Philosophy in the same field, also from USC.

Loren served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and was in Hawaii on that infamous day, December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Fortunately for Loren, he was in the Naval hospital, having just recovered from the mumps. He happened to look out the hospital window that morning in time to see a strange plane flying overhead towards the ships in the harbor, bearing the sign of the rising sun on its side and carrying a torpedo with two white circles painted on its nose. Since Loren was mobile he spent the rest of that Sunday helping stretcher-bearers bring the wounded into the hospital. This is a day he will never forget.

Loren was Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge where he taught for 30 years focusing his attention on parent-child-teacher relationships. Loren was a noted author in his own right. His major publications include:
Logical Consequences; A New Approach to Discipline, 1968, in collaboration with Dr. Rudolph Dreikurs
Parentís Guide to Child Discipline, 1970, in collaboration Dr. Rudolph Dreikurs
Discipline without Tyranny
Child Training in the First Five Years, 1972
Discipline without Fear
Child Training During the Early School Years, 1974

His most recent book was Alfred Adler, the Forgotten Prophet; A Vision for the 21st Century (1998), published by the Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. of Stamford, Connecticut

In 1985, Loren published, Zane Grey: A Photographic Odyssey, a photographic biography of his fatherís world wide travels. This was released by Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas, Texas, in 1985. In 1990, it was republished by the Derrydale Press of Lyon, Mississippi. Also, Dr. Grey has authored 11 Loren Zane Grey books in the successful Lassiter series, published by Pocket Books. Loren was the editor of the Zane Grey novel, Black Mesa in 1955 and The Reef Girl in 1977. He also has revised three other Zane Grey books: The Maverick Queen, 30,000 on the Hoof, and The Vanishing American.

Loren traveled and fished with his father, Zane Grey, going to Tahiti in 1931, 1934, and 1938. For many summers he also camped with him on the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers in Oregon. From 1936 to 1940 Loren was a charter boat captain in Catalina Island catching swordfish for a price. He took out some famous and interesting personalities: Ronald Coleman, Errol Flynn, Robert Montgomery, Nigel Bruce, Maria Montez, Lili Damita, Earl Carroll, Ann Southern, Gene Krupa, and Benny Goodman. In 1940, at Catalina he landed the seasonís record striped marlin weighing 344 pounds.

In 1972, during the Centennial of Zane Greyís birth, the Grey family visited Australia and New Zealand. In Bermagui, Australia under the guidance of Peter Goadby, Australiaís premier deep sea fishing authority, Loren landed the first marlin of the season, a 260 pound striper on 50 pound test line. Later that same year he boated a 240 pound striped marlin in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Lorenís published articles in the fishing fields are:

Fishing before Business
North Umpqua Steelhead
The One that Got Away
Zane Grey and the Great Blue Marlin
Photographing Zane Greyís Giant Leaping Swordfish
Of Whales and Men

Lorenís beloved wife, Bonnie, preceded him in death. Loren is survived by one daughter, Jerilyn, two step-daughters, Susan Jean and Jo Louise, and one grandson, Zane. A memorial service will be held in California on Saturday, February 10, 2007. Loren will be cremated at his request with his ashes being spread over the North Umpqua River in Oregon, his favorite fishing river.

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