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NCCU Top Story: Passing of an Eagle: Roger Roy Gregory

Roger Roy Gregory

Published: Wednesday, September 02, 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR

NCCU Community: It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Mr. Roger Roy Gregory, former director of Alumni Relations and active NCCU alumnus, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Alumnus Gregory had a deep love for NCCU and was the epitome of an Eagle with true Eagle Pride. He came to North Carolina Central University in 1967 as a freshman from Camden County, North Carolina, and immediately began working with alumni through a work-study project. Alumnus Gregory graduated from NCCU in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

Alumnus Gregory was employed as the director of NCCU’s Office of Alumni Relations from 1999-2004 and also worked as special assistant to the chancellor in subsequent years. He served as the chief liaison between NCCU and alumni and was affiliated with the NCCU Alumni Association for more than 33 years. For 26 of those years, he served on the executive committee of the NCCU Alumni Association, and was the national president from 1976 to 1981, and again from 1994 to 1998. Alumnus Gregory had also been president of NCCU’s New York, New Jersey and Durham alumni chapters.

The biographical sketch of Alumnus Gregory, as prepared by Dr. Floyd Ferebee, retired NCCU Professor of English, is included below. A full obituary is forthcoming.

A celebration of life is being planned for Alumnus Gregory. Details will be circulated once they are finalized.

Here is a link to a great article and magazine cover story about one of NCCU’s greatest “Friendraisers,” Alumnus Gregory: http://www.spectacularmag.com/files/Spectacular_Mag_-_Nov_2006.pdf.

Please keep Alumnus Gregory’s family, friends and all the members of the Eagle community that he touched throughout his life, in your thoughts and prayers.

In Truth and Service, Dr. Debra Saunders-White Chancellor

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Mr. Roger Roy Gregory was born on Sunday, February 27, 1949, in Camden, N.C. He died on September 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. He was the eldest of three children. Roger received his early education in Camden County, North Carolina, graduating from Marian Anderson High School in 1967.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1971. He also continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati, Rutgers University, and numerous other professional development institutes and societies. After graduating from NCCU, he lived in the New York and New Jersey area working in human resources for more than 20 years.

He returned to Durham in 1989 to continue his work in the human resources arena as director of Human Resources at North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1989, he was appointed director of Alumni Affairs at NCCU.

Roger became active with the NCCU Alumni Association immediately after his 1971 graduation. In 1972, he was elected president of the New York City Chapter, and he became the youngest national president of the NCCU Alumni Association in 1976. He served in that capacity for five years and was again elected to the position for another four-year term in 1994. He was a member of the Association’s executive committee for more than 20 years. He also served as president of the Central New Jersey and the Durham alumni chapters. A life member of the Association, he was named Alumnus of the Year in 1982 and 1992, and he was the 2012 Honoree for the Annual Awards Dinner of the NCCU Alumni Association.

Roger was a member of the board of directors for the Durham Arts Council, Durham Workforce Development Board, the NCCU Foundation, the National Urban Affairs Council and Downtown Durham Inc. He served on the Durham Chamber of Commerce Human Relations and Top Priority Education committees. In addition, he was the founding chairman of the African American Leadership Initiative of Greater Durham and Wake County.

Roger was a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., an organization he loved immensely. He served his fraternity in a number of capacities including as president of Beta Theta Lambda Chapter in Durham, program director for the Association of North Carolina Alphamen (ANCA), director for the Central Area of the ANCA, and as a committee member of numerous state and regional committees. He also served as chair of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity National and Southern Region Life membership programs. He was advisor to undergraduate chapters at NCCU, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a result of his dedication to Alpha Phi Alpha, Roger received several fraternity awards including Beta Theta Lambda’s Brother of the Year, ANCA’s Alumni Brother of the Year, the Southern Region Brother of the Year, ANCA’s Charles Green Award, and Beta Theta Lambda’s A. M. (Gus) Witherspoon Leadership Award, to name a few.

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