Gregory C. Colomb

Charlottesville, Virginia


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Gregory G. Colomb

Gregory G. Colomb, 60, of Charlottesville, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at his home, of natural causes.

He was born on September 5, 1951, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Raoul Anthony Colomb and Mary Wiemann Colomb. He was preceded in death by his father, and friends, Joseph M. Williams, Wayne C. Booth and Francis X. Kinahan.

Gregory earned his BA at Rice University, and his MA and PhD at the University of Virginia. He was Director of Writing Programs at University of Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandra S. Colomb; three daughters, Robin Colomb Sugiura and her husband, Akihiko, of Stanford, California, Karen Colomb of Charlottesville and Lauren Colomb of Charlottesville; his mother, Mary Colomb; two brothers, Daniel Colomb and his wife, Debi, and Jerry Colomb and his wife, Beth; and many friends, including Bob Davis, Joan Steck, and Jon D'errico. His family will host a viewing and visitation from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Hill and Wood Chapel, with Father Stephen Alcott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Little Red School House. Friends may send condolences to the family at

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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I was just discovered that Greg had died when I was looking up his and Joe Williams' book on style. I knew Greg as a wonderful teacher at the University of Chicago when I was in grad school in the 1980s. He taught me to love 18th century prose and to write clearly and concisely. My deepest condolences to his family.

I learned of Greg's death of recently and find myself thinking of him at the Conference on College Composition and Communication where he is being memorialized today. He is missed.

Thinking about Greg today.

To Sandra and Family. I just learned today of Greg's passing and wish to express my great sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. I worked for Greg when I was a grad student at the U of C, in 1983-1984, and he was not only a brilliant scholar and a gifted writer, but also a kind and compassionate boss. It was a privilege and a pleasure to both work for him and to learn from him.


I only learned yesterday of Greg's passing and it was sad news indeed. When I first arrived in Hyde Park to teach in the English department, the warmest and most generous welcome I received came from Greg. As I struggled that summer to remodel our little house on Blackstone, Greg would wander over countless times to lend a strong and knowledgeable hand. Without him, I might still be there trying to figure out the wiring of that old house. And you were very patient, I...

Greg was an inspiration to me for his accomplishment with stylistics and his demeanor. He is greatly missed. I pray to meet him again with Joe Williams at the big conference in the sky.

Geoff Cross

Lauren and family, I cannot express how deep my sympathy runs for you all at this time. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Alan Mitchell

Greg inspired me with his wisdom, knowledge, and "tell it like it is" approach. Like many others, I've relied on his insightful understanding, shared in conversations at CCCCs meetings, for many years. I will miss him greatly. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Not only a consummate professional, Greg was a great colleague. I am permanently indebted to him for unstinting support as I became involved in the study and teaching of argumentation. I will miss his wit, high spirits, empathy, and good counsel.

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