Stephen S. Gregory, Jr.
Stephen S. Gregory, Jr. was born in Chicago on May 20, 1888, son of Stephen S. Gregory and Janet M. Tappan. He attended Chicago Latin School, received his A.B. from Yale University in 1911, and an M.E. from the University of Wisconsin in 1913. He became the organizer and later president of the Gregory, De Long, and Hold, Inc., professional investment advisers.
Stephen Gregory was a lifelong member of the American Ornithologist Union. He became an Associate Member of the A.O.U. in 1906, was made Elective Member in 1934, served on the Endowment committee from 1943-49 and the Finance Committee 1951-54, and was Chairman of the Investing Trustees from 1956-60. He was president of the Chicago Ornithological Society, a director of the Illinois Audubon Society for several years, and was charter member of the Kennicott Club. In addition, Stephen was member of the Wilson Ornithological Society, the Cooper Ornithological Society and the American Society of Mammalogists. Not only was he credited for his extensive accomplishments but also welcoming to the younger generation of ornithologists. Some recalled his friendliness at A.O.U. Meetings where he would often invite them to gatherings of the "inner circle" of professional ornithologists. This enabled the young men to meet some of the elite members of the ornithological world.
As a naturalist in the Chicago area, Stephen observed the coming and going of birds and reported his data into the U.S. Biological Survey. A letter from W.W. Cooke on file at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, dated June 25, 1907, reads: "Thank you most heartily for your extra good notes on the arrival of birds this spring. We are glad to enroll you on the list of our observers."
Stephen also amassed a large collection of specimens over the years, numbering over 4,000, by his own hand and by buying other collections. Included were four Passenger Pigeons, five Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and six Carolina Parakeets. Except for 240 Michigan skins, all were donated by Mrs. Gregory to the Chicago Academy of Sciences.
Stephen married Jean W. Stirling on April 19, 1917, with whom he had three daughters. He passed away after years of illness on December 20, 1964.