|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1887|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 1958|
Age 71, of Tucson AZ, died Tuesday at the Tucson Medical Center Hospital; born in Washington DC to Edward A Demaray and Emma E Register Demaray, both of whom were reportedly born in Minnesota; married Alfrida Briggs in 1913; retired in 1951 after a forty eight year outstanding career with the National Park Service.
Survivors include wife, and a daughter.
The death of Arthur Edward Demaray, August 19,1958, took from the National Park Family another of the stalwarts who fathered the Service. He was a principal guide and mentor for Interpretation. He is credited with leading the park museum program out of the jungle of
administrative entanglements which for a good many years obscured its identity and delayed its development.
Yosemite, 1926, in the temporary absence of Superintendent Washington B. Lewis, Mr. Demaray, then Administrative Officer in the Director's Office, served for a time as park superintendent. He had a discerning interest in the very young park naturalist program
The insight into the public response which he gained during those months in Yosemite enlivened his concern with the potentials of Service-wide interpretive work. Through all the years the interpreters and researchers in the Director's Office and in the field found in him a never-failing source of encouragement and
In Washington, in the 1930's and early 40's, he had the ability to carry problems of organization and staffing through the labyrinthine course set up by Budget, Civil Service, and Interior. The Museum Division came into existence under his aegis, and he brought about administrative refinements in the broader set-up for Interpretation - refinements which facilitated the advance of all interpretive work and which today constitute a part of the foundations of the Naturalist-Historian unit of the service.
Arthur Demaray was a native Washingtonian, born to Edward A. and Emma E. (Register) Demaray. He was born there while his father was secretary to a Minnesota senator. In 1903 when Arthur was 16 years old he took a job as a messenger in the Geological Survey. During fourteen years of hard work, night school and individual study he made up for some of the formal schooling he had missed . He was still with the Geological Survey when he found a very charming helpmate, Alfrida Briggs, whom he married in 1913 . In 1917 he transferred to the new-born bureau, the National Park Service, as a topographic draftsman. Successively he became editor, administrative assistant, executive officer, assistant director, associate director (for eighteen years), and director. He served on the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Zoning Commission of the District of Columbia, the Board of Trustees of the Welfare and Recreational Association, the National Arboretum Advisory Commission, the committee of officers of the Washington Monument Society and was the director of National Park Concessions, Inc. His numerous commendations and awards include the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Silver Medal, the decoration, Knight of Vasa, conferred by the King of Sweden, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of the Interior. In honoring him with the last-mentioned, on November 8, 1951, Secretary Oscar L. Chapman stated:
"Arthur E. Demaray . . . has had an outstanding part in developing the policies of the National Park Service. During many years he represented the Service effectively before the Bureau of the Budget and the Appropriations Committees of Congress. . . . He is praised for his effective encouragement of the program of historic sites which sites now comprise a major part of the heritage of the Nation preserved in the National Park System. Mr. Demaray's keen judgment, fair mindedness, vision and unselfish devotion to his many tasks influenced countless actions taken by the National Park Service. He contributed helpful guidance to each new phase of its work . . . . Scores of employees have benefited from his counsel. He has displayed leadership, wisdom, and devotion to the public interest so distinguished as to earn the gratitude of the Nation and official recognition of the extraordinary quality of his service . . . His is indeed a major contribution to the preserving of the National Park System and to the enlarging of its usefulness to the American people. "
In the fall of 1951, Mr. Demaray retired after 48 and a half years of government service . He and Mrs. Demaray left their lovely Washington home in Rollingwood for a beautiful "Spanish estate" which they developed just outside of Tucson, Arizona . Their daughter, Elise Anderson, had preceded them in taking up residence in Tucson . For seven years Arthur enjoyed the stimulating life in the historic Spanish - American center and continued his work with National Parks Concessions, Inc. He took up art work and produced a fine series of oil paintings, some of them featuring the local historic scene.
During 1957 and 1958 he suffered a great sickness. Death occurred August 19, 1958 at the Tucson Medical Center Hospital. Mr. Demaray's ashes were buried in Grand Canyon National Park on August 23, 1958. Mrs. Demaray and their daughter, Elise, survive him.
Reports from Washington indicate that study is being given to ways and means of commemorating the highly significant accomplishments attained by Arthur Demaray during his lifetime of service to National Parks.
DEMARAY, EDWARD A (father), and EMMA REGISTER born in MINNESOTA, had a baby, ARTHUR EDWARD DEMARAY born 16 Feb 1887 in WASHINGTON D. C..
DEMARAY, ARTHUR EDWARD (child of EMMA REGISTER (mother) who was born in MINNESOTA and EDWARD A DEMARAY who was born in MINNESOTA) was born 16 Feb 1887 in WASHINGTON D. C.;; died 19 Aug 1958 in PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA, U.S.A..
Sources: Yosemite Notes, August of 1958;
National Park Service; Boyd's Directory of the District of Columbia (1906); Boyd's Directory of the District of Columbia (1912), Volume 54, page 303 ; US Federal Censuses
Alfrida Mae Briggs Demaray (1885 - 1977)*
Elise Demaray Anderson (1914 - 1989)*
Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery
Plot: Section 5
Created by: Volunteer #46577499
Record added: Feb 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13280763
Thank you and your family for all your hard work and dedication to preserve our nation's parks. We are the ones who continue to benefit from your life's work. God bless and keep you and yours.|
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