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Posted 2014-02-17T23:06:52Z

Duke Memorial Events Summary

On February 11, 2014, despite inclement weather that disrupted the travel plans of many, several of Greg’s friends, family, and current and former students and colleagues gathered at Duke to celebrate his life and honor his legacy.  The events were co-hosted by Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative with the goal of providing an opportunity for reflections, personal remembrances, and mourning, as well as a forum for discussing Greg’s work and looking to the future.  Together, we celebrated Greg as not only the pioneering “father of social entrepreneurship education” whose ideas and efforts helped define the field, but as the friend, mentor, and teacher he was to so many near and far. 

For those unable to attend, we invite you to take part in remembering and celebrating Greg through the memorial event documents shared below (videos forthcoming), by continuing to share your own stories and read those of others here on the memorial website, by making a memorial contribution in his honor, or by participating in an independent, volunteer effort to develop an initiative to honor Greg’s legacy.   Additional information below.

Greg Dees Memorial Event at CASE, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Full event video and tributes to be posted by end of week

Event Program

Closing Slideshow: In Memory of Greg Dees – Teacher. Mentor. Friend.

Greg Dees Memorial Service at Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
(dropbox folder with all files)

Event Program and Program Insert

Selections from The Second Book of the Tao read by Matt Nash

Eulogy by Ed Skloot

Remarks read by Greg Jones on behalf of Duke President Richard Brodhead

Reflections by Beth Anderson

Contributing to Greg’s Legacy

Share personal memories of Greg at

Make a memorial contribution in Greg’s honor to the “Greg Dees Memorial Fund” at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke ( or to the Mountain Association for Economic Development (MACED) in Berea, KY ( 

Honor Greg’s legacy by joining a volunteer group of Greg's friends and colleagues who are coordinating an initiative in his honor. Questions or interested in joining the effort? Contact Cheryl Dahle at [email protected]

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