Obituary: Michael Gregory 1929-2005
long time SF State professor died
March 17, 2005 5:12 PM
Gregory taught English and NEXA courses, an interdisciplinary program that combines the science and humanities, at SF State from 1958-2002. A memorial will be held on May 6, in Humanities 133.
"He was a very inspiring individual," said Geoffrey Green, current program director of NEXA. "He held himself … and others to a very high standard. At times (it was) challenging but very fulfilling to work with him."
Gregory’s colleagues often referred to him as brilliant and witty although many didn’t know him personally. Green knew Gregory professionally since 1983 but didn’t know him outside of work.
“He didn’t come in and tell jokes, but he had a ironic comedy that often times people would be moved to laughter,” said Green.
Gregory was born in 1929 and is survived by three daughters, Erika Gregory-Mollner of Vallejo, Alexa Gregory-Wane of Kensington, and Tanya Gregory of Florence, Italy; two ex-wives, Jan Gregory, professor of English at SF State, and Ora Cipolla; and three grandchildren, Hannah, Jeremy and Jack, according to Nancy Pappas, College of Humanities administration analyst.
“He was sort of larger than life,” said Susan Lea, professor and graduate coordinator of the physics and astronomy department.
“The NEXA program was his baby and I think he lived his life for it,” said Lea.
Gregory’s family has requested contributions be made in his name to the Milo Foundation, a domestic animal sanctuary, or the NEXA program at SF State.
"Michael Gregory’s commitment to high standards and innovative education lives on in the memory of all who knew him," said Green. "He will be missed."
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