Retired United Technologies CEO Dies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Harry Gray, the retired United Technologies Corp. chief executive credited with transforming the company into an industrial conglomerate has died.

Gray was 89 when he died Wednesday.

Gray, who became president of what was then United Aircraft Corp. in 1971, served as chairman and CEO from 1972 to 1986.

Hartford-based United Technologies is the parent of jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, Otis elevator, Sikorsky Aircraft and other businesses.

Before arriving at United Technologies, Gray was chief financial officer at Litton Industries.

In retirement, Gray and his wife Helen contributed to many organizations such as Hartford Hospital, University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and the Mark Twain House.