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Retired university counsel George Gregory, 59, dies in Hawaii

STANFORD -- George T. Gregory, senior counsel emeritus at Stanford University, collapsed and died Monday, March 7, while on vacation in Hawaii. He was 59.

Gregory, who retired in January 1993, earned two Stanford degrees: a bachelor's with distinction in history in 1956, and a law degree in 1959.

Following an association with the Los Angeles law firm of Kindel and Anderson, Gregory returned to Stanford in 1961, where he became a member of the legal staff of the general secretary's office (now known as the Office of Development). He joined the office of the Vice President and General Counsel when it was formed in 1978. Gregory's legal work for the university primarily focused on business matters, including investments, gifts and employee benefits.

Between 1969 and 1972, Gregory chaired a task force regarding the application of privacy principles to university policy and for seven years thereafter chaired an administrative panel with oversight of privacy matters. His work remains the basis for present policy.

For five years during the 1970s Gregory chaired the committee of the dean of undergraduate studies responsible for reviewing proposed undergraduate special courses. He was a member in 1975 of the Academic Senate's ad hoc Panel on the Future of Extradepartmental Programs.

For 10 years, Gregory taught Freshman Seminars and Undergraduate Special courses on privacy rights, literature and opera.

He is survived by a sister, Diane Gregory Hewitson of Encinitas, Calif.; two nieces, Laurie Hewitson Rothman of Oakland and Jenny Hewitson of Cardiff, Calif.; and two grandnieces.

Services are pending. The family prefers donations to a charity of one's choice.



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