Gregory Totland
Gregory Totland "Carpe Diem" 2/5/58 ~ 12/11/02  Gregory Totland, Salt Lake City, loving brother, friend, nephew and son, passed away in his apartment on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002. Born on a Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gregory spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. He was a leader on the debate team in his high school and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Fine Arts, Film Studies. He then went on to follow his dream in New York where he completed his graduate work at Tish School of the Arts in Film. He later returned to Utah and his family and started his PhD in the department of Education, Culture & Society, at the University of Utah. While working on his degree he enjoyed teaching undergraduate students and introducing his colleagues to the connections between film and schooling. Greg was always reading, whether it was the New York Times or the latest on education and philosophy. He was passionate about films and while he was a tough critic, he was also trying to understand the use of film and its impact on culture. He was always ready to give his opinion and we looked forward to a lively discussion whenever Greg was with us. We were always entertained by his quick wit and humorous perspective on politics, sports and religion. He will also be remembered as an avid UTE fan. Greg's family and friends meant everything to him and he would spend time with his nieces and nephews as much as possible. He kept close connections with his friends all over the country. His extended family all loved and supported his efforts and he appreciated their diversity as well as their generous hearts. He was a loving son and support to his mother Maureen, and a dedicated brother to his two sisters, Denise and Teresa, and to his younger brother Zeke. We will miss you big brother. Graveside services will be held on Sat., December 21st at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Dr. at 12:00 noon. A brief toast and tribute to his life will be held at Maureen Totland's home following the services. Directors, Independent Funeral Service.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 18, 2002.
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I was in Greg's NYU graduate / thesis film , and every once in a while try to find him online. I'm sad to see this news. Greg was great fun to work with and I remember the shoot very very fondly. My best to his family.
Jason Rudd
April 6, 2017
I'm a student of greg's @the U. I've just recieved the news and wanted to offer my condolences to his family. I thought greg was an excellent teacher and one of the few who fully understood the problems with education and retained the optimism to make a positive contribution to the educational institution. His absence is a true loss to this field. Greg imbodied the student centered philosophy in his teaching approach, something I have yet to come accross in any other teacher. I'm so sorry for your loss, but hope greg has moved on and is without pain,
stacy petersen
stacy petersen
January 3, 2003
Our deepest sympathy to Mo, Denise and the rest of the family. Know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Mary, Mike & family
Mary & Mike Ware
December 21, 2002
My deepest thought and prayers are with you and your family in this hard time. I had the pleasure to be in class with Greg and enjoyed the lively discussions that we had along with others in the class. He was a true patriot and a true film buff. He will be missed

Jay Garcia
Jay Garcia
December 20, 2002
My prayers go out to you, Greg's family and his friends whom he held dear. I want you to know that Greg was an amazing colleague in many ways. One of the aspects that touched me most was his humor - quick, sharp and absolutely unique. I admired his ability to find a way to be playful, even about his pain.

Greg consistently seized opportunities to be encouraging of me in my academic projects. I recall a down-to-the-wire final that required me to edit a video. Greg came to rescue me from the painstaking process, of which I knew little about, and sat with me for hours helping me through it all. I realized then that Greg was not just a supportive colleague, but also a person of extraordinary sensitivity and generosity.

Greg, thanks for your willingness and ongoing encouragement. May you find peace.

Deanna Blackwell
Deanna Blackwell
December 19, 2002
I send my deepest condolences to dear Greg's family, to his parents, his brother and sisters, to his nieces and nephew. I will always remember Greg as one of the most creative, unique and dynamic persons I have ever met. I learned so much from Greg. Every conversation was a learning experience for me. I will always remember our movie nights at the American Indian Resource Center and our trips to the movie theaters, I will remember how funny he was, he found humor in every situation. I will remember his passion for life. Thank you Greg for sharing yourself, for caring, for your warmth and respect. We will always love you.
Sofia Villenas
December 19, 2002
Greg was courageous and shared brilliant insights with me on many occasions. I appreciated our mutual support in our teaching sessions. He did his best to understand various bodies of knowledge and stay connected to the humanness of academic work. I will always remember, the last time we spoke he caringly reminded me to take care of my well-being and spirit in the rigorous socialization process of graduate school. I will keep good memories of Greg, always. I wish his mother, family and friends wellness, especially during these moments. With Deepest Sympathy, Melissa Moreno
Melissa Moreno
December 18, 2002
Greg will be remembered as a good friend and colleague at the University of Utah Dept. of Education, Culture and Society. I will personally miss his connection with me and his great insight on theoretical and philosophical issues he and I invariably discussed whenever we met at our common office.

I would like to use this opportunity to present my sincere condolences to his mom and other family members.

God is almighty and merciful. We are thankful when he gives; we shall be equally accepting and grateful when he takes.

May the Good Lord receive Greg's soul and give him eternal peace. Amen.

Amadou Niang
December 18, 2002
We send Greg's family our most sincere condolences. Unfortunately, we only knew Greg for a short period of time, but he always greeted us with a smile and warm welcome. Very soon after meeting Greg, we knew that he meant something very special to many of the people around the university. For these reasons, and we are sure there are many more, he will be terribly missed. However, we shall hold on to the wonderful memories that he has given to all of us.
William & Paula Smith
December 18, 2002
I had the opportunity for many talks with Greg about his teaching and scholarship, and I was both moved and impressed by his commitment to teaching, to learning about his students, to learning about his teaching, and to learning about his own learning. He was a thoughtful and dedicated teacher and a deeply committed scholar. We will miss him greatly. -- Audrey
Audrey Thompson
December 18, 2002
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. I remember his riding the snowmobiles at Camp K. Hugs....Diana
Diana & Bill Cass
December 18, 2002
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