Gregory, George H(arland) 1913-1996
GREGORY, George H(arland) 1913-1996
PERSONAL: Born August 9, 1913, in Dupree, SD; died October 7, 1996, in CA; son of George Harland, Sr. (a steel mill worker) and Louise Nettie (a homemaker; maiden name, Marple) Gregory; married Ernsta Miller (a social worker), 1933 (divorced, 1947); married Catherine Benz (a physical therapist), c. 1951 (divorced, 1957); married Velma Avant (a speech therapist), December 6, 1962; children: (first marriage) George Harry, Michael Marvin, Brian Joseph. Ethnicity: "Caucasian/English." Education: Attended University of Minnesota, c. 1931-32, and Duluth Junior College, c. 1933-34; San Francisco College of Chiropractic, graduated, 1950. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, writing, fishing, sports.
CAREER: Federal Bureau of Prisons, correctional officer in Leavenworth, KS, 1940-42, Sandstone, MN, 1942-47, and Alcatraz, CA, 1947-63. Chiropractor in private practice, San Francisco, CA, 1950-60. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-45; served at Iwo Jima; received Purple Heart.
MEMBER: Alcatraz Alumni Association (past president), Masons, Shriners.
Alcatraz Screw: My Years as a Guard in America'sMost Notorious Prison, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 2002.
Contributor to the periodical Leatherneck.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Library Journal, September 1, 2002, Frances Sandiford, review of Alcatraz Screw: My Years as a Guard in America's Most Notorious Prison, p. 195.*