JILLIAN TOMLINSON FRAKER ‘10
Conor Patric Gregory, genuine, honest, compassionate and curious scholar of life, died tragically from heart complications on Friday, November 29, at his family’s home in Hood Canal, WA. He was 25.
He will be remembered by everyone as a man of strong character. Conor lived each and every day to its fullest. He inspired those around him with his passion, and in doing so he made the world a better place for everyone and everything.
He will be remembered having his book in hand, his constant smile, his positive energy and his contagious enthusiasm.
Conor was born on Feb. 15, 1988, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. His first love was for movies and books. He spent his childhood looking up to his older brother, hiking, reading and developing a sincere appreciation for nature that carried him through life.
He attended Bellevue High School and was a proud member of the drama club. When he wasn’t perfecting his acting skills in case he got the call to star in a future James Bond movie, he was playing high school sports and diving deeper into literature.
After high school Conor earned a B.A. with high honors in English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. While attending college, he volunteered at the Hartford Boys and Girls Club, where he developed a passion for public service. He wrote a brilliant senior thesis, “The Rescue of Herman Melville: How Early 20th-century Writers Made Moby-Dick Relevant.” To Conor, Moby-Dick was the greatest piece of American literature ever written, and he made sure to tell this to anyone who would listen.
Upon receiving his degree, he backpacked through Europe with his girlfriend. He called this “the grand adventure,” a motto he lived his life by. Traveling gave Conor perspective, and a greater appreciation of classic literature and poetry.
After returning from his travels, he settled on Nantucket. There, he immersed himself in literature and the island’s rich whaling history while preparing for law school. Conor could often be found in his kayak exploring Nantucket’s waters with a six-pack of Red Hook ESB and a copy of Moby-Dick or a poetry collection by one of the many writers he admired.
In August of 2012, Conor moved back to Seattle to attend Seattle University School of Law. He served as a staff member of the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. He also worked as a summer intern at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. During this time, Conor exhibited the same passion for law that he displayed in everything he did.
Conor mentioned daily how happy he was to be back home in Seattle, where he could spend more time with his loved ones and embrace his love for the outdoors.
He is survived by his father, Gene Gregory; mother, Wendy Gregory; brother, E.J. Gregory; the love of his life, Jillian Fraker; and his dog, Hana.
Condolences may be sent to Conor’s parents, Eugene and Wendy Gregory at 631 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.
In lieu of flowers, contributons can be made to a foundation to be set up in Conor’s name. The foundation will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, Conn. Details of The Conor Gregory Foundation has already raised over $30,000, and is currently in the works of attaing its designationaas a non-profit organiztion, details of which will be made available soon.