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David (Dave) A. Gregory

Posted 2010-06-18 by Sharla
The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ 06/18/2010

David (Dave) A. Gregory died in Show Low, the evening of June 13, 2010, of complications following surgery. He had experienced a series of health complications in recent years, but had always battled his way back from the brink.

Dave was born March 8, 1949, in Milwaukee, Wis. After college in Wisconsin and the University of Arizona, he taught briefly at the College of New England, then began his career as an archaeologist, working in Mexico and the Southwest. Dave's remarkable skills as a field archaeologist, his intelligence and his broad mastery of the archaeological literature were applied with his signature intensity throughout his career. He had numerous publications, including articles in internationally distributed journals, edited volumes, and diverse archaeological literature.

He was widely respected in the archaeological community, and made notable contributions to the study of prehistoric agriculture, irrigation, and community organization. He was noted for his innovative techniques of archaeological excavation, and was a significant force in the evolution of archaeological concepts in the Tucson and Phoenix basins and the Salt and Gila River Valleys.

One project he directed led to a 1400-year reconstruction of annual discharge in the Salt and Gila rivers. Most recently, he was a co-editor of a volume entitled "Zuni Origins" published by University of Arizona Press. Dave has been aptly described as one of the great southwestern archaeologists of our generation.

He worked from his home in Pinetop for the Center for Desert Archaeology and for Desert Archaeology, Inc.

His adoptive parents John K. and Clarissa A. Gregory preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Carla and stepson Robert.

In order to continue to expand Dave's already considerable legacy, the Center for Desert Archaeology has established the David A. Gregory Research Fund, a permanent, endowed fund. Contributions are tax deductible, and may be sent to: Center for Desert Archaeology, 300 North Ash Alley, Tucson, AZ 85701. Plans for a memorial service and celebration of Dave's remarkable life are not final at this time, but will be announced.

Arrangements were under the direction of Black's Mortuary of Show Low.

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