Feb. 25, 2011
Rich Gregory lettered in basketball at CSU in 1956, 1957, and 1958. He is one of the top rebounders in CSU history, placing ninth on the all-time list. In the 1956 season, he led the RAMS in rebounds with 230 (9.2 per game). At 6-foot-8 he was a tenacious defender and rebounder. A teammate said that it was always fun to see Rich play when he was angry. This followed the game when Rich was hacked by Bill “The Hill” McGill, an all-American at Utah. Rich commenced to stop Bill’s string of high scoring and high rebounding game performances. Rich later played AAU Basketball, in the U.S. Navy, and in the Senior Olympics with former teammates Larry Hoffner and Chuck Newcomb. He remains active in basketball, coaching grade school and middle school students.
Rich stood out academically. He earned a BS degree in fisheries management from CSU in 1958 and later earned MS and PhD degrees in Fisheries Science. His professional career included teaching at the University level and holding high leadership positions in the US Federal Government, retiring in 2006 as Acting –National Director of the National Park Service Natural Resource Program Center in Fort Collins.
Rich believes strongly in giving back to others. Rich just completed five years as President of the RAM Alumni Athletes Association RAAA, (formerly CSU Varsity Athletes Club). CSU Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk presented Rich with a plaque thanking Rich for his long-time service to CSU Athletics. Under Rich’s leadership the RAAA grew in membership, initiated new and enhanced other programs to benefit RAAA members and current CSU student athletes. These include Senior graduation Luncheon, Career Night and Etiquette Dinner open to all Student-athletes, Scholar Athletes luncheon, mentoring of student athletes, a new CSU All-Americans Photo display, strengthening the CSU Sports Hall of Fame nomination process and selection procedure, re-furbishing of the RAAA Alumni Athletes Lounge at Hughes Stadium, revision of the RAAA by-laws, and helping support former athletes Legends Days.
We need more people like Rich Gregory! He sets a great example of how all of us can give back to others for what so many gave to us at CSU. In Rich’s words concerning giving back to CSU Athletics: “I have always had a great fondness for CSU and I well recognize that the Athletic Department provided me, as a young man, with an opportunity to compete in a sport I loved…establish life-long friendships, receive a top flight education, and entrée into a long and totally enjoyable career…. and to better the experiences of our current student athletes and try to instill in them, a permanent connection to CSU.”
Rich and his wife Beverly live in Windsor, Colo., and he is still active on the RAAA Board of Directors. He continues to teach, now at the Front Range Community College. Their son James lives in Portland, Oregon and daughter Julie lives in Bend, Oregon. Both of them are practicing attorneys.