Brattleboro - Gregory R. Lugliani, 58, writer, activist and communications professional, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his mountain home in Brattleboro after living with bladder cancer for two years.
A native of San Bruno, CA, Greg moved to New York City in 1988, joined ACT UP, and began his long history of activism in the effort to fight AIDS. Greg parlayed his activism and deep knowledge of physiology into a professional writing and communications career. He spent over 25 years in health and medical public affairs and was a recognized leader in AIDS advocacy and communications. Most recently, he spent 10 years at The Corkery Group, where he directed public affairs for leading government and private sector clients in HIV treatment and prevention. Prior to joining the firm, he led communications at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. As communications director for the NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt, he led outreach for the 1996 Quilt display in Washington, DC, which remains the largest AIDS awareness event in U.S. history. Greg was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and an editor and contributing writer for POZ magazine.
A voracious reader and lover of art and opera with an encyclopedic knowledge of history, Greg was also a nature lover and attracted to the state of Vermont for its natural beauty and tranquility. After years of visiting the state, he purchased his own home in West Brattleboro in 2006 and moved to Vermont full time in early 2015. His favorite spots in Brattleboro included the "beach" at the West River, The North End Butcher, Vermont Artisan gallery, Zephyr Designs, A Candle in the Night and Twice Upon a Time.
Greg is survived by his mother Marlene Lugliani of San Bruno, CA, two younger brothers, Glenn Lugliani of Fulsom, CA and Guy Lugliani of Benicia, CA, their families, and his family of close friends in New York City and Vermont.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday August 10, 2017 at
Church of St. Francis Xavier, 46 West 16th Street, New York, NY.
Gestures in Greg's honor may be made in the form of donations to the following organizations: ACT UP (endaids.actupny.com), GMHC (gmhc.org), Mercy Center (mercycenterbronx.org) or Xavier Mission (xaviermission.org).
A memorial gathering will take place in Brattleboro at a later date.
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