Dr. Marshall Gregory

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Dr. Marshall Gregory Obituary



Dear Gregory Family,

As an English major at University of Indianapolis, I had the best of teachers. I think of them every day.

Though I hadn't seen Dr. Gregory's smile for quite some time, I knew that he was smiling, still making jokes like my favorite, 'Ferlin and Husky,' teaching English literature, and perhaps still keeping bees.

I also used to babysit for Holly and Missy. I'm sure that Dr. Gregory thoroughly enjoyed having grandchildren. Like many others, I would never forget him or the things that I learned in his classroom.

Joni Metcalf-Kemp


Posted by: Joni Metcalf-Kemp - Greenwood, IN - UIndy student    Jun 29, 2013

I had the wonderful experience of being a student assistant to Dr. Gregory (Greg) during my undergraduate studies at Indiana Central. I got to work closely with him typing notes from endless files, babysitting for his beautiful daughters, and enjoying his English classes, challenging myself to reach for deeper meaning and purpose in my life. He was a mentor, a kind and caring professional and a soft and gentle family man. I will always cherish the memories of his smile

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Posted by: Sarah J. Kottlowski Rippy - Walkerton, IN - former student at Indiana Centra   Apr 09, 2013

Greg had been my professional colleague since his early days at Indiana Central when I was at Anderson. We had many good times in college English associations and especially the Indiana teachers of Writing. It was wonderful to extend our relationship to include Valiska and Larry, and we all became good friends with many touch points over the years. We worked on countless committees and programs.

Greg's scholarship was truly extraordinary, and his students were so lucky to study with him.

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Posted by: Barbara Weaver Smith - Chandler, AZ - friend   Feb 08, 2013

My condolences to Aunt Virginia, Melli & Holly..your father will always be one of the kindest, most gentle (and smartest by far!) men I ever had the joy of knowing. I will always cherish the memories of him & miss him dearly.

Chris


Posted by: Christopher Kwilosz - Chicago, IL - newphew    Feb 03, 2013

I worked at Butler for three years, and took one class with Greg while completing an MA in English; I wish I had taken ten. He was the most inspirational teacher--the most inspirational person--I knew on campus. His mere presence pulled you into whatever topic was at hand and enriched your life. We meet such people so rarely, and of course it's hard to avoid regret that you couldn't have spent more time with them, but I feel this more

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Posted by: Scott Forschler - St. Cloud, MN - Student and Colleague   Jan 28, 2013

Dr. Gregory was my teacher at then Indiana Central in the late 70s. It was at a time when I had switched my major to English. He was extremely supportive, and his classes were very stimulating. Although I have not seen him since then, the photo of his smiling face brought back a flood of good memories. I have been teaching English and speech for 30 years now. I stand on the foundation former teachers built for me. My heartfelt condolences to the family.


Posted by: Greg Williams - Danville, IL - former student   Jan 27, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of this. Professor Gregory was a terrific scholar-teacher whom I feel fortunate to have known. When I was chair of the IU English department, Marshall was kind enough to help me prepare our doctoral students for the rigors of the job search, and he did so with generosity and grace. I was fortunate to have appeared on panels with him as well and always learned a great deal from him. He will be missed--and remembered with great affection and admiration.


Posted by: Stephen Watt - Bloomington, IN - Colleague and friend   Jan 23, 2013

My sincerest condolences..... I had Dr. Gregory as in my MA in English program at Butler in 2005 when I was in a dark place and literally had nothing that made me want to get out of bed in the morning except to experience his class, with his brilliance and wit. He provided me with a sense of pure belonging as he did with all of us in class. May your family find some comfort in that. I remember I

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Posted by: Gretchen Y. McGill (Shumacker) - carmel, IN - Student   Jan 15, 2013

I am shocked to learn of Greg's moving on, having seen a Butler email this morning...I am speechless. Greg is an absolutely amazing person...a true gentleman. He has such a kind, gentle spirit.

I took many classes with him at Butler from 1998-2001. Those classes were really transformative for me, not just because of the way he presented the material and made it come to life, but because of his special soul. I can vividly see in my mind the

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Posted by: Beth Farris - Indianapolis, IN - former student   Jan 14, 2013

I never met Dr. Gregory but in the beginning of graduate school, while feeling frustrated, disillusioned, and alone, I came across an article of his; that one article revealed a man and scholar who had ideas, convictions, and an understanding of English literature that I was searching for. I emailed him as a complete stranger and he immediately responded with lengthy words of advice, direction, and encouragement. Because of his real consideration and incredibly generous recommendations of reading and ideas,

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Posted by: Kathleen Pacious - Galway, Ireland   Jan 11, 2013