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The Joseph T. Gregory Fellowship

Joe Gregory in December, 1995
Joe Gregory in December, 1995.
From 1931, when he entered the university, until his death in 2007, Joe Gregory was deeply involved in teaching and research in the field of vertebrate paleontology. In 1960 Joe joined the faculty as a Professor of Paleontology and Chair of the Department. Later he served as Director of UCMP. Joe was a skilled and influential teacher, an internationally recognized authority on the Triassic faunas of the American Southwest, and a student of the history of the field of vertebrate paleontology. A history of Joe's accomplishments was published in the January 2008 UCMP News.

Throughout his teaching career, Joe had a deep interest in supporting the research of graduate students, particularly students interested in the area of vertebrate paleontology. In his will Joe left a bequest to provide support for graduate students in this area. As Joe was retired faculty, his bequest was eligible for a grant from the Chancellor's Challenge matching fund, allowing us to establish The Joseph T. Gregory Fellowship.

The Fellowship will be awarded annually to a graduate student associated with UCMP working in the area of vertebrate paleontology. The fellowship is intended to support field work related to the student's thesis or dissertation research that will result in the addition of material to the museum's research collections.

In the coming months we will be contacting Joe's colleagues, former students and other friends, giving all the opportunity to make a contribution to the fund in Joe's memory. Gifts made by active or retired faculty or staff, by students, and by the surviving spouses or partners of faculty and staff who wish to contribute to this fund will be eligible for the Chancellor's Challenge matching program. For each gift or pledge made, the Chancellor will match the contribution dollar for dollar. There is no minimum amount required.

We are extremely grateful to Joe and to the Gregory family for this generous gift. If you are interested in making a donation to the Joseph T. Gregory Fellowship, please contact Bill Clemens or Judy Scotchmoor.

Photo by D. Leviton.