Gregory Pari
1961 - 2015
Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV
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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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
katie horne
May 4, 2019
Maybe Our Paths Will Cross One Day,

I did not know Gregory personally. In fact, I only learned of his life and recent passing through a chance meeting with one of his sisters on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Reno. She was flying up to meet other family members and friends to celebrate Greg's life at his memorial service at UNR.

Meeting her and spending those ninety minutes last Tuesday, June 02, was the brightest part of my week, for a couple of reasons.

We are all searching for something in life. She reminded me that we only have to look to our relationships with our family, close friends, and a few lucky others. That Greg prospered through his sense of direction, discipline, passion for life, love of family, and support from all of you, is no surprise. He will be remembered. All of you will see to that.

To Rhonda, it's okay to see the glass as being half full. Surround yourself with people who are inquisitive and sensitive to our human conditions. Maintain some balance in your life during your busy work weeks and don't hesitate being selfish occasionally.
Wayne Cowie
June 5, 2015
Greg will be greatly missed by the scientific community. His contributions to virology have been significant and he will be remembered. I especially enjoyed his sense of humor.
Rhonda Cardin
May 29, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Greg's untimely death. He was a good friend to me during my graudate years in Reno.

Philip Walton, Hamilton, ON
Philip Walton
May 27, 2015
Dorothy, Rhonda, Cindy, My deepest condolences , We were deeply sadden to hear of Gregory's passing . I have great memories of Greg living next door to him on May Street our deepest Sympathy's. Sincerely. Silvia, Donna, Diana
Donna Colombo Gawlik
May 26, 2015
To the Pari Family. I was shocked to hear about Greg . He and I used to work out together in high school. I know he was in to health and fitness .my father was good friends with gregs father. He was funny fun and was great to be around. He will be missed .
Richard Aurelio
May 26, 2015
My condolences to the Pari family / Rhonda and Cindy I am so sorry for the loss of such a great guy. I was a friend of Gregory growing up through Grammer school. He will always be remembered in my heart as a kind, humorous and very intelegent person. I have many nice memories of great times hanging out. The last time i was in contact with Gregory through E-mail was in 2000. Rest in Peasce my friend. I shall say a prayer for you and your family. God Bless
Michael Petisce
May 23, 2015
With heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy, Rhonda and Cindy. Though it has been many years, we remember Greg being such a kind, sweet boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Barbara Lonardo, and Tom Lonardo
Barbara Lonardo
May 22, 2015
Gregory, we have not seen each other for a long time , but I remember the good time we had living on May street. My deepest sympathy to the family Rhonda,Cindy
David Pierce
May 19, 2015
I would like to extend my sincere condolences. I had not seen Greg since high school and are overwhelmed by the loss of such a successful, accomplished, caring person. I pray for strength and support for his family during this time.
Elaine Briggs McMullen
May 19, 2015
Sorry for the loss of Gregory. I grew up on Zipporah street next to the Sorbos and Zinnos and remember Gregory from that and also high school. He was so nice and funny. He sang Figueroa and was always a friendly person. May he rest in peace.
Maria Medici - Marcello
May 19, 2015
Greg's memory will live on in your hearts and through the many wonderful memories you share. We are so very sorry for your loss. Same smile we remember from NPH.
Dianne and Ed Vieira
May 19, 2015
I went to school with Gregory, my deepest sympathy's for the family. God Bless.
Donna DAlessio
May 18, 2015
To the Pari family, my deepest conolences and may God Bless and comfort you all at this sad time. I remember Greg from our Marieville days and coming on May St, I can recall many great times that I will always treasure. Greg always had a smile and a wonderful sense of humor. How brilliant he was to achieve so much in his life. God rest his soul, Amen.
Paul Refino
May 18, 2015
Dear Dorothy My prayers are with you. The loss of a chid whether young or older does not make a difference. Your son was liked by all at
Marieville and NPH.
you must have been so proud of him.
May God watch over you and your family .
Christine Giarrusso
May 18, 2015
To Rhonda and Cindy. I went to Marieville and NPH with Greg. He always had a smile . He loved to laugh and joke. We all hung around together. This is such terrible news. I am so sorry for your loss.
Christine Giarrusso
May 18, 2015
Words cannot describe the emptiness I feel over the passing of my good friend Greg. Together with a few other friends we had a close bond through grammar school all the way through college. Greg was a kind, humorous big hearted guy who will be sorely missed. I remember like it was yesterday that he would be over my house torturing my dad who always had a smile on his face when Greg was over. God bless you my friend; now you can reunite with my dad and share some laughs.
Joe Marciano
May 18, 2015
Our sympathy and prayers are with the Pari family at this very difficult time. Please be sure that Greg's name will be in our prayer group daily at the Saint Joan of Arc Parish in South Park, PA.

Peace be with you all.

Love and sympathy,
Jim & Carol Pierce
Jim & Carol Pierce
May 18, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Greg and I went to grammar school and high school together. His beautiful obituary captures the young man I knew back then. He always had a smile to share. May your memories keep his love in your heart.
Michele Perfetto, Pawtucket, RI
Michele Perfetto
May 18, 2015
Dear Rhonda: Peter and I were sad to hear of Greg's death. In my (now) 45th year of education and thousands of students, you and your brother are two we both remember. It was perhaps 10+ years ago that I saw Greg on Atwells Ave., and he told me of his academic accomplishments. How happy I was to hear his path in science. Although he left much too soon, his work alone is testimony to a life well-lived. I can "see" him now, bounding into Room 6, in contrast to your smooth, serene, ladylike manner. Both of you enhanced my life. Stay well, Rhonda. Sincerely, Mary Christian-Madden and Peter Madden
Mary and Peter Christian-Madden
May 18, 2015
Dear Rhonda, Cindy and Aunt Dorothy, I would like to convey my deepest condolences to all of you. We were deeply saddened to hear of Gregory's passing. His life work will be his legacy, you must be very proud of his achievements. Our thoughts are with you at this time of deep sorrow. Love, Lucy Zinno
Lucy Zinno
May 17, 2015
My deepest condolences Rhonda, Cindy, and Aunt Dorothy. We are very saddened to hear of Gregory's passing.
Lucy Zinno
May 17, 2015
We are all in shock over the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cousin Serene Fenton and Family
Serene Fenton
May 17, 2015
It has been so long since we'd seen each other, in Montreal in Auntie CarmelA's back yard with all the extended family.....but it took me back to when we lived with you all, after our move from Canada. The name of the street eludes me, but the memories are forever etched in my mind. Gregory was four years older than me, but I remember him as the happiest and funniest of characters.....such a loss. Condolences to his wife Karyn, Aunt Dorothy, Rhonda and Cindy. Time has drifted us far apart, but you all remain a distinct part of my memories. Love, Cousin Diane Zinno
May 17, 2015
My fond memories of my cousin Gregory are of when we were growing up and we all hung out together with our big Italian family. Our parents backyard gatherings and all us cousins having such fun together. Greg was the funniest of us all. Always made me laugh and always, always gave bear hugs. Even when we didn't want them. Lol
Those were the days...
Aunt Dot, Cousins Rhonda & Cindy, and Karen we haven't seen one another in quite some time but I'm so saddened about Greg's passing. Childhood memories never die. My deepest condolences.
Cousin Joanne
Joanne Lazieh (Sorbo)
May 17, 2015
Dear Dorothy and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your son and brother, please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Frank & Rosemary Pari
May 17, 2015
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort during these difficult days ahead. My heartfelt condolences.
Claudia (Spirito) DePastina
Claudia DePastina
May 17, 2015
So very sorry for your loss Rhonda.We know how much you loved your brother!
Al and Paula
May 17, 2015
We are so sorry to hear the news. Greg was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Betsy and Bill Gerthoffer
May 16, 2015
So sorry for his family and the community with the passing of an old friend. He has mentored so many of us with passion and humor.
Albert van Geelen
May 14, 2015
We all hope to make a difference during our lifetime, and Greg certainly did that. His upbeat attitude and funny sense of humor have stayed with me since we all graduated from the C&B program in the early 90's. I don't think I've ever felt more pride and respect for a fellow classmate than the time I heard Greg became the chair of the program we graduated from. What a wonderful legacy. My thoughts go out to you, Karyn, Greg's family, and the entire C&B community at UNR.
Peggy Liggit
May 14, 2015
Greg's sense of humor, genuine love for science, and commitment to students will greatly be missed. He has contributed tremendously to research, but his greatest achievement is the mentorship he provided for his students.
Dominique Kagele
May 14, 2015
Still shocked by his untimely passing. From the opportunities to interact with Greg, I felt his sense of humor, genuine interest in science and kindness as a human being. He will be missed by many of us!
Pinghui Feng
May 13, 2015
So sorry to hear about Greg's untimely passing. I appreciated his frankness and sense of humor.
Melissa Deadmond
May 13, 2015
We are all shocked and saddened by our friends passing away. He was a great guy. I will miss him, his great smile and his fantastic attitude. Our deep sympathies to the family.
Bala Chandran
May 13, 2015
I'm so sad to hear about Greg's death - my heart is broken for you, Karyn! Much, much love, My Friend!
Laura Chappel
May 12, 2015
As a colleague and a friend, Greg will be sorely missed
John Sinclair
May 12, 2015
We are so sad to lose such a good friend and gifted researcher who gave freely of his time and talents to help others. His warm smile and easy laughter will be greatly missed by all.
Annette Whittemore
May 11, 2015
So sorry to hear of Greg's untimely death.
Our hearts are with you.
Katie and Stewart Horne
May 11, 2015
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