Gregory Severino Pari
March 4th, 1961
May 3rd, 2015
Gregory Severino Pari Ph.D. was born in Providence RI and attended North Providence High School. He received an Associates Degree at the Community College of RI before completing a BA in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1985. Greg worked in the lab of his good friend Dr. Stephen St. Jeor at the University of Nevada Reno and received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 1990. He then moved to Albany NY where he continued to work on herpes DNA replication, becoming a leader in the field. After completing his post doctoral work at the State Department of Health he moved to Hybridon Inc. where he was involved with a drug discovery program for viral infections. He returned to UNR in 1999 and from 2010 held the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. Greg was a delightfully outgoing and friendly person who treated everyone equally. He was direct, unpretentious, and was always happy, positive and upbeat. He had a wonderful personality that could fill a room, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Greg was an avid runner, enjoyed lifting weights, and was very health conscious. The irony of this is that he had a heart attack. Just before he underwent bypass surgery he joked with those around him that they should never exercise and should eat nothing but hamburgers and hotdogs because living a healthy lifestyle was greatly overrated. Greg's ability to find humor in any situation stayed with him right up until the end. Greg is survived by his beloved wife Karyn, his mother Dorothy DeMarco, his two sisters Rhonda Pari and Cindy Noreau and his nephew Duane Noreau. There will be a memorial service on June 3rd in the Milt Glick Ballroom C, Fourth Floor. Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno
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Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader on May 10, 2015.