Brother of former HES associate principal, IT specialist
Greg Boehm. (Courtesy photo)
Gregory Travis Boehm, 67, most recently of Clinton, died March 29, 2020, at UMass Memorial Hospital. Greg was the younger brother of Gretchen Henry, a former resident of Harvard and the former associate principal of Hildreth Elementary School, and Dr. Peter Boehm, who with his wife Diane lives in Bend, Oregon. He was the older brother of Heidi Boehm of Norwich, Connecticut. His parents were Mary and Fred Boehm.
Greg graduated from Millburn High School in New Jersey and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. At the age of 29 in 1981, Greg was in a car accident that left him a complete quadriplegic. He underwent lengthy rehabilitation at Rusk Institute in New York. He was often seen in Harvard attending events and visiting family and friends. Undaunted by his physical limitations, Greg earned a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst with a focus in culinary management. He then went on to get a law degree from Arizona State University and finally a master’s degree in business.
For many years he was an integral part of the Arizona State University technology team that maintained internet security and supervised the university’s website for academic instructors, including coursework for overseas U.S. Army soldiers. Greg was an advocate for people with disabilities, and he was instrumental in effecting improvements to accessibility at both UMass Amherst and Arizona State University. He also spoke about his experiences to fourth-grade students at Hildreth Elementary School.
Greg was the uncle to three nieces and a nephew and a great-uncle to four more. He was often accompanied around Harvard by his devoted personal care assistant and longtime partner, Richard Concilio. Greg was also a longtime friend of Henry’s husband, David King, and of the Thornton, Stahl, and Phillips families in Harvard.
Greg will be remembered by his family and many friends as an incredibly courageous and determined man. He was upbeat and positive, and he had a great sense of humor. Greg was loving and undemanding, and he continued to learn and to grow intellectually, seeking new challenges for himself and new ways to advocate for people with disabilities.