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My Father-In-Law’s Obituary

This is my father-in-law’s obituary.  Clearly he packed a lot into the time he spent in his “earth skin suit”.

Dr. Gregory Dallas Hume died at his home, in his own room, with, Gloria, his loyal dog, and Charley, his loving wife, of 41 years, by his side and was surrounded by his family, both physically and in spirit. He was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis six years ago and from that point on he successfully worked to slow the progress of his disease with a no sugar, high nutrient diet. 

Greg and Gloria, his Portuguese Water Dog, spent hours walking many miles at the Indiana Dunes State Park. They welcomed family and friends to come along on their walks, whenever they were visiting in Chesterton.  Greg believed in the amazing beauty of nature, the necessity of respecting and protecting our environment, the importance of respecting the knowledge of the scientific community, the importance of eating a healthy balanced organic diet, and the beauty of the magical cleaning fairy. Greg enjoyed watching his 6 grandchildren grow with the hope of them becoming the people who will continue to protect our environment and respect the knowledge of our scientific community.  Greg whole-heartedly believed there’s no such thing as playing too much golf with his golfing buddies, neither too early in the spring, nor too late in the fall. He relished being owed DQ from a golfing bet. He enjoyed razzing guys about being owed DQ, more than actually having the DQ debt fulfilled. He also loved joining his Friday night bar crowd for great conversation, good laughs, and a fun way to kick-off the weekend. The Friday Night Bar Crowd threw Greg a Living Life Celebration Party, which was absolutely perfect in every way. Greg, along with his wife and family, thanks them with all their heart. The life celebration meant so much to Greg.  Greg was born August 27, 1954 in New York City, New York to Stephen and Lacey Hume.   He lived most of his childhood in New Milford, CT.  Greg was the Grandson of Dr. Nelson Hume, the first Head Master of Canterbury School. He and his brother continued the tradition of attending Canterbury School where their father, uncles, and cousins also had attended.  His Bachelors degree was in Early Childhood Development at Stetson University and University of Montana.  His Masters degree was in Computer Science at the University of Montana. His PhD was in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL  Greg joined the Valparaiso University’s faculty in 1987, where he was Assoc Professor of (Mathematics and) Computer Science. He retired in 2014.  Greg and Charley moved to Cambridge, England, in 2003, where Greg managed the Cambridge International Studies Program for 2 years. They were able to travel extensively throughout Western Europe, exploring to their hearts content.  Greg and Charley traveled to Hangzhou, China, in 2006, for 4 months, where Greg managed the International Studies Program for a semester.  They traveled with the students to Beijing, walked in the beautiful gardens of Hangzhou, enjoyed many walks at West Lake, and experienced several regional cuisines of China.  Greg tutored many students in math at the Chesterton Thomas Library Adult Learning Center studying for their GED. He successfully helped 24 students to reach their goal.  Greg volunteered for Meals on Wheels where he enjoyed visiting and helping the people who happily greeted him at their doors.


Greg and Charley would like to thank Hospice and all the nurses and doctors related to Porter County Hospital who gave their all to keep him comfortable through this horrible disease. You made him feel safe and cared for. You have our deep respect. You’ve been amazing!  Greg is survived by his wife, Charlaine (Charley) Wilkerson, his daughter, Kimley Lissa Cox Svendsen (Robert), his son, Teron Talez Cox (Leah), his grandchildren, Braeden Cox, Ellis Cox, Emery Cox, Parker Primavera, Layla Svendsen, and Alice Svendsen, brother, Peter Hume (Jean), sister, Mandy Hume Clark (Paul), niece Jennifer Joyce (Kevin), and nephew, Tom Hadsell (Sherine).


A Memorial Service will be held at a later date, when family and friends can gather without restrictions to celebrate Greg’s life.

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