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James Gregory, 78, Corporate Lawyer, Of Ridgefield

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – James P. Gregory, a longtime Ridgefield resident, died Jan. 11 after a brief illness. He was 78. 

A Ridgefield resident for 47 years, Gregory was married to Joan Senior Gregory for 55 years. After graduating from Brown University and serving in the Army, he attended George Washington University School of Law and started his legal career as a corporate lawyer.

He worked as a clerk for Chief Judge Marvin Jones of the U.S. Court of Claims and then joined the legal department of Pfizer Inc. and was associated with Cummings & Lockwood.

Gregory became senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of PerkinElmer Corp. and later served as vice president and general counsel of Danbury Hospital, where he was on the board of directors.

He was also secretary and treasurer of Lorad Medical Systems Inc. Before retiring in 1999, he served as counsel for Pinney Payne law firm.

He was a former president of the Ridgefield Little League, a chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission and acted as an impartial arbitrator for commercial matters. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed bridge games at Founders Hall.

Gregory is survived by his wife; three children, Clayton (Lisa), of Norwalk, Mark (Kara), of Darien, and Karen, of Stamford; a sister, Marilyn Gagliardi, of Wethersfield; and eight grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held Tuesday. Kane Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgefield Library Development Fund, 472 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

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