Beloved Nordhoff ceramics teacher Gray Duncan passes away

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Photo by Austin Widger

Gray Duncan, right, and his former student, Wyatt Amend, are videotaped for the Nordhoff High School Hall of Fame and Achievement in April.


Beloved and respected Nordhoff High School ceramics teacher Gray Duncan passed away on Aug. 29.

The Ojai Valley News featured Mr. Duncan and one of his former ceramics students, Wyatt Amend, in April. A video of the discussion with the artists and Nordhoff students was videotaped and can be viewed here:

Mr. Duncan's obituary, printed in the Sept. 3 edition of the Ojai Valley News, follows:


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear son, Gray. He was a loved son, brother, husband, father and friend, a respected teacher of art and so much more.

He was a graduate of Dos Pueblos High School and held degrees in art from UCSB.

He leaves his wife, Janis, son Preston and daughter Breanna.

He will be missed by many students, both present and past, many of whom kept in touch.

He was a lover of the ocean, an artist, a kind and gentle soul.

A Poem for Gray:

For winter’s rains and ruins are over, and all the seasons of snows and sins;

The days of dividing loves and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins;

And time remembered is grief forgotten, and frosts are slain and flowers begotten,

And in green underwood and cover, Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” — Swinburne


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