A. Gray Magness
Arthur Gray Magness (March 18, 1920 - December 17, 1980) was a real estate developer in northern New Castle County, Delaware.
Magness was born March 18, 1920, to Arthur J. and Marguerite Gray Magness and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1942. Two years later, he enlisted as a Private in the United States Army Air Corps. Magness was married twice, first to Elizabeth Pauline Weldin (born November 14, 1919, died 26 December 1989) with whom he had three daughters, and then to Anne (born November 22, 1923, died August 15, 2003), with whom he had another three daughters. In 1952, he founded the Magness Construction company. He was responsible for many of the housing developments which contributed to the suburban sprawl that marked the beginning of the second half of the twentieth century in the Brandywine Hundred. Among the properties he built are the neighborhoods of Graylyn Crest, Brandywood, Chalfont and the Cedar Tree apartments of Claymont Newark Apartments, shopping centers of Midway shopping Center and Graylyn Crest shopping center, the first of their kind. Hotels and restaurants were the Talley Ho, the Red Barn and the Hilton. Magness died December 17, 1980, and is buried in the Grace Episcopal Church cemetery.
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