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Bowman Gray Sr., was one of the men who contributed to North Carolina's industrial growth in the first half of the 20th-century. He was also a man who benefited education and other civic enterprises. One of his greatest benevolences was providing funds for the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
Bowman Gray and his wife Nathalie built their home, Graylyn Estate, on land purchased from Reynolda Inc. in 1925. The estate was given to the Bowman Gray Medical School in 1946, then to Wake Forest University in 1972. Following reconstruction after a 1980 fire, the building became Wake Forest's conference center.