Rutland, VT. Frank was born in Denver on Dec. 15, 1925, to John and Viola Gregg. He grew up in Grand Lake, CO. He served in the Army infantry in Europe during WWII, receiving a Purple Heart. He later graduated from the University of Colorado in 1949 with a BA in Journalism. Frank spent his career working in natural resource management, development, education and protection. Frank's career in natural resources began in 1951 with the Colorado Game and Fish Department as editor of Colorado Outdoors magazine and as liaison with wildlife, cattle, mining, water development and other natural resources user interests. From 1957 to 1967 he was the Executive Director of the Izaak Walton League of America, Staff assistant to Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall, Executive Director of the Citizen's Committee for the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission Report, and VP of the Conservation Foundation under Russell E. Train. In 1967, he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as the Chairman of the New England River Basins Commission, a joint federal-state agency established to coordinate the federal and state natural resource programs in the New England region. In 1978, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter, to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the Interior Department. In 1983, he became Professor Emeritus and the Dean of the School of Renewable Resources at the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ. While in Tucson, he also was a Chairman of the Board for the Sonoran Institute, a supporter of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, and a member of the Optimist Club. Throughout his career, Frank vigorously pursued a balanced approach to natural resource management, arguing for recognition that the country's natural resources must be used in ways that meet current needs while preserving the long-run integrity and productivity of natural systems. He had a continuous record of involvement in national resources councils, including the U.S. Water Resources Council, federal and state natural resource agencies, and associations of state and local officials such as the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments, Interstate Conference on Water Problems, and others. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, golf and traveling the country. Frank was predeceased by his wife Virginia "Ginny" Shea Gregg in 2004. He is survived by a son, Scott Gregg, and his wife Ann of Rutland Town VT, their sons, Matthew of Pittsford VT, Joshua and Jacob of Rutland Town; a daughter, Sara Gregg, and her children Nathaniel and Anastasia Kane of MD; a brother, Dennis and his wife Joyce of Houston TX, a sister, Catherine Williams, and her husband Leslie of Wall, SD, and a sister-in-law Lorraine Gregg of Littleton, CO, along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Phillip. There will be no calling hours or services at this time. The family will hold a celebration of Frank's life at a later date this summer in Grand Lake Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Raymond Frank Gregg can be made to: Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743 or Memorial Donation at desertmuseum.org.
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Published in Denver Post on Mar. 7, 2013