Century 21 CEO Dr Duncan Gray died in Johannesburg on 22 November following a short illness. He was 47.
Dr Gray is survived by his wife Colleen, two sons and a daughter.
Born in Cape Town, he was educated in Pretoria and obtained a degree in veterinary science from the University of Pretoria in 1987. He practised as a veterinarian until 1990 when he joined the veterinary science faculty at Onderstepoort as a senior lecturer.
Three years later, he joined the real estate industry as an agent for Seeff Properties and after several promotions in that company he left to become general manager of JH Isaacs Residential, with special responsibility for the Eskel Jawitz Real Estate trading division.
In 1998, Dr Gray obtained an MBA from the University of South Africa and a year later he joined Pfizer Animal Health, where he rose to become regional director and chief executive for the sub-Saharan region.
He returned to the real estate industry in 2005, when he secured the Century 21 master franchise for South Africa and began establishing a national real estate group. In 2007 he was named as one of the industry's Young Lions at the Nedbank Property Association national awards.
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