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John Robert Gregg

John Robert Gregg, Irish educator, author, public. Awarded medal for “distinguished services to commercial education,” Eastern Commercial Teachers Assn; award of New York Academy of Public; Awarded King George Medal, for services to the cause of freedom, 1947. Fellow National Academy of Design; member Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Commercial Teachers Federation (honorary life), National Shorthand Reporters’ Association (charter.

Background

  • Gregg, John Robert was born on June 17, 1867 in Rockcorry, Ireland. Son of George and Margaret (Johnston) Gregg.

  • Education

    • Public school education. Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science, Boston University, 1930, Doctor of Letters, Rider College, Trenton, New Jersey, 1942.

    Career

    • David Kinley, ex-president University of Illinois, October 23, 1930. Children—Kate Kinley, John Robert. Inventor of Gregg Shorthand and author of many text books on shorthand and commercial education.

      Editor The Gregg Writer (monthly magazine) since 1900, American Shorthand Teacher (now Business Education World) since 1920. President Gregg College, Inc., Chicago, Gregg Public Company, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Toronto. Chairman board directors The Gregg Public Limited company, London, Gregg Schools, Ltd., London (22 schools).

      Chairman Liberty Loan Committee, Long Beach, Long Island, 1917-1918.

    Major achievements

    • inventor of the Gregg system of shorthand
    • In 1888 he brought out Light-Line Phonography, containing a large number of improvements. After he had struggled several years to popularize the new system, it gradually caught on in England, and his book eventually ran into 500 editions.
    • He founded Gregg College, Incorporated, of which he became president, and he was also president of the Gregg Publishing Company, with branches in several cities.
    • Gregg was editor of the magazines The Gregg Writer and American Shorthand Teacher (later the Business Education World).

    Works

    • Author: Gregg Shorthand Manual (over eighteen million copies sold), 1888. Progressive Exercises in Gregg Shorthand, 1890. The Gregg Shorthand Dictionary, 1901.The Gregg Phrase Book, 1901. Gregg Speed Practice, 1907. The Gregg Reporter, 1909.Gregg Speed Studies, 1917. Reporting Shortcuts 1924. Basic Principles of Shorthand, 1923.Secretarial Studies (with R. P. SoRelle), 1924. The Q’s and A’s of Shorthand Theory, 1924. Gregg Speed Building, 1932.Applied Secretarial Practice, 1941. The Private Secretary, 1943. Delaware to International Congress on Commercial Education, Amsterdam, 1929 (chairman American delegation Vice-President of Congress), London, 1932.Awarded medal for “distinguished services to commercial education,” Eastern Commercial Teachers Association, 1931. Presented with scroll signed by over 1000 Spanish-speaking people, Latin-American Goodwill Luncheon, New York, 1931. Ulster-Irish Society medal for “notable service to the nation,” 1936.Award of New York Academy of Public Education for “distinguished service to public education,” 1938. Awarded King George Medal, for services to the cause of freedom, 1947.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Fellow National Academy of Design. Member Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Commercial Teachers Federation (honorary life), National Shorthand Reporters’ Association (charter. Clubs: Illinois Athletic (Chicago).

    Connections

    • Married Maida Wasson, July 3, 1899 (died June 28, 1928). Married second, Janet Fraser, d. Children: Kate Kinley, John Robert.
    • father: George Gregg
    • mother: Margaret (Johnston) Gregg
    • spouses: Maida Wasson
    • Janet Fraser
    • children: Kate Kinley Gregg
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    Died February 23, 1948
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      • inventor of the Gregg system of shorthand
      • In 1888 he brought out Light-Line Phonography, containing a large number of improvements. After he had struggled several years to popularize the new system, it gradually caught on in England, and his book eventually ran into 500 editions.
      • He founded Gregg College, Inc., of which he became president, and he was also president of the Gregg Publishing Company, with branches in several cities.
      • Gregg was editor of the magazines The Gregg Writer and American Shorthand Teacher (later the Business Education World).
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      • Author: Gregg Shorthand Manual (over eighteen million copies sold), 1888. Progressive Exercises in Gregg Shorthand, 1890. The Gregg Shorthand Dictionary, 1901.The Gregg Phrase Book, 1901. Gregg Speed Practice, 1907. The Gregg Reporter, 1909.Gregg Speed Studies, 1917. Reporting Shortcuts 1924. Basic Principles of Shorthand, 1923.Secretarial Studies (with R. P. SoRelle), 1924. The Q’s and A’s of Shorthand Theory, 1924. Gregg Speed Building, 1932.Applied Secretarial Practice, 1941. The Private Secretary, 1943. Delaware to International Congress on Commercial Education, Amsterdam, 1929 (chairman American delegation Vice-President of Congress), London, 1932.Awarded medal for “distinguished services to commercial education,” Eastern Commercial Teachers Association, 1931. Presented with scroll signed by over 1000 Spanish-speaking people, Latin-American Goodwill Luncheon, New York, 1931. Ulster-Irish Society medal for “notable service to the nation,” 1936.Award of New York Academy of Public Education for “distinguished service to public education,” 1938. Awarded King George Medal, for services to the cause of freedom, 1947.
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