From A Friend: Erica Simmons

The first photo is of the two of us sometime Junior Year in high school, the second is senior year after the Music Man, which is why we’re both looking pretty silly.

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From A Friend: Sarie Keller

I am a friend of Greg’s from Parker and remain so saddened by his passing each and every day. I was lucky enough to see him a few times during his time at Northwestern and can only wish that we could have had more time to enjoy his incredible humor and his wonderful stories of his life experiences. We sat together at Dana and Aaron Rice’s wedding and he enchanted me all night with his various adventures at Stanford, in Rwanda and at various salsa outings. He also kept checking his phone to see if his sister Judith was in labor, as he could not wait to be an uncle again. It was absolutely clear that Greg loved his family above and beyond comprehension.  Continue reading

From A Friend: Harriett Cholden, Greg’s Fifth Grade Teacher

A Game Changer

Greg was a serious student for sure, but he was certain to let his good humor prevail frequently, too.  In the fifth grade, we have a dubbing ceremony at the end of the year where students pick a medieval name.  As a teacher, I was trying to encourage the name choices to represent something about our medieval studies.

Greg, however, wanted to be “Sir Loin.”  I didn’t want him to use this name, but, of course, with his determination and all of his friends saying: “let him use it, it’s so funny,” what’s a teacher to do? Continue reading