Bob Gray, president and chief executive officer of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Salinas, is being honored by the queen of England.
Gray has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the Marshall Scholarship program in the U.S, according to a news release from the British Consulate-General, San Francisco.
Gray, who studied in the U.K. on a Marshall Scholarship, served as a member and chairman of the San Francisco regional selection committee for the Marshall scholarship for 15 years, according to the release.
Through the scholarship, 40 U.S. graduates each year study at the university of their choice in the U.K., according to the release. The program started as a sign of gratitude to the U.S. for economic aid under the Marshall Plan.
Gray will receive an Order of the British Empire medal and may put âHonorary OBEâ after his name, according to the release.
All British honors are awarded on merit, and honorary awards are conferred by the queen on the advice of the foreign and commonwealth secretary, according to the release.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917.