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Our Roots

Established in 1979, the Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center started off as a small entity at The University of Kansas Medical Center. "The Cray," as it is affectionately called by its staff and patients, was named after Cloud and Sally Cray, who established the entity and continue to support it. Only one part-time nurse staffed the Cray during the first year and provided patient education. Today our staff includes several endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, and registered dietitians, including one who is also a certified diabetes educator.

Sally passed away after a long life with diabetes in 2010. The Cray family continues to support the Center, and its staff and patients are eternally grateful.


1979: The Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center opens with Dr. Joseph Kyner as the Medical Director of the Cray. He came to KU in 1967 as an Instructor in the Department of Medicine.

Dec. 22, 1981: Support was received to develop a Diabetes Center. The committee included W. Moore (Chairman), J. Kyner, B. Hudson, J. Kimmel, S. Friessen, R. Bolinger, E. Christopherson and M. Barnard.

September 1982: The Diabetes Center was founded through the Cray Medical Research Foundation. First Diabetes Symposium focused on new methods of treating Diabetes Mellitus and included speakers Dr. Richard Bernstein, Dr. Richard Guthrie and Dr. Wayne Moore.

1990: The Cray began offering group education classes for teens and added educators to become a multi-disciplinary team.

Nov. 25, 1997: The Cray Diabetes Center opened in Atchison, Kansas      

April 4, 2001: Diabetes awareness postage stamp unveiled.

2006: Dr. David Robbins became the Medical Director of the Cray.

2007: The KU Diabetes Institute was founded and now promotes research in the Cray.

Sept. 2010: The Cray earned accreditation as a Diabetes Education Center with the American Diabetes Association.

July 2011: The Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center moved to a new location - the Medical Office Building at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

Last modified: Dec 13, 2018
Our Founders

Bud and Sally Cray

Named after Cloud and Sally Cray of Atchison, Kan., the Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center was established and continues to be supported by the Cray family.