Dear WSCRC Members and Friends,
With a heavy heart, we inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Gregg Rodgers on August 31st, 2021. Gregg was a long-time board and Executive Committee member, and a devoted supporter of the Council. He was a fighter until the very end. Even after receiving the diagnosis of late-stage pancreatic cancer, Gregg continued to maintain strength of spirit and a positive attitude, trademarks of his personality for many of us who were fortunate to know him.
Gregg was a partner at Garvey Shubert Barer (now Foster Garvey) before retiring in 2017. From 1997 to 2017, Gregg served as Chair of the firm’s Immigration practice. His active involvement in immigration matters allowed him to regularly interface with a number of Chinese clients, including China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO), and other China-based entities. Additionally, Gregg previously served as Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General from 1983 to 1986.
Gregg served on the WSCRC Board of Directors between 2005 and 2020, and as Chairman from 2010 to 2013. During our gala held virtually on February 2, 2021, Gregg was awarded the Sidney Rittenberg Lifetime Achievement Award for his countless contributions to the Council and its mission of strengthening U.S.-China relations. Upon receiving the award, Gregg said “Having an organization such as WSCRC is fundamental in coalescing the interests of our governments, our educational systems and the arts so we see each other as individuals.”
Gregg will be sorely missed.
Our hearts and thoughts are with Gregg’s family and loved ones. Gregg’s memorable life and accomplishments are described in this obituary.
We’ll close with the words that Gregg has used in concluding his emails from the past year: “Stay safe. Stay healthy. And Laugh lots!”