Gregory Hawk

Randolph Academy Mourns the Loss of Board Member Gregory Hawk

It is with deep sadness that we recognize the passing of Greg Hawk, an esteemed member of the Randolph Academy Board of Education, Sat., May 1, in Buffalo, after a courageous battle with cancer. At the same time, we acknowledge and celebrate his contributions to the Academy’s success.

Greg joined the Board in 2018, and immediately provided valuable input, in particular as a member of the policy committee. The combination of his skills and attributes made him an ideal board member. As a representative of the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, he held a vast knowledge of New York’s educational system. As an underwriting professional, his knowledge and experience with insurance and risk management were invaluable in ensuring the security and well-being of the Academy. Board President Mary Myers recalls him with admiration.

“Greg was a dedicated board member who thought deeply about student needs and how the Academy could effectively meet those needs,” she said.

Academy staff and students alike remember Greg as a positive influence who took the time to engage with people and share his optimistic outlook. He also immersed himself in the Academy’s culture, and even co-presented a workshop on Restorative Justice at the New York State Council of School Superintendents 2019 convention with Randolph Academy Superintendent Lori DeCarlo. He also was part of Business First feature story on Randolph Academy this past March, showing his support and belief in all of us, even in his final weeks, as he quietly battled his disease.

His involvement with the Academy began in 2017 when he gave the commencement address to our graduating seniors. His memorable speech was very moving and can be viewed here. Superintendent Lori DeCarlo remembers the day:

“Like anyone who attends our graduation ceremony, Greg came away impressed with the accomplishments of our graduates, especially those who overcame serious obstacles to earn their diploma,” she said. “When asked to serve on the Board, he didn’t hesitate and has never let up.”

Greg was a native of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He was a college athlete, man of faith, avid golfer and violinist. He leaves behind his wife, Gina, three adult sons, two grandchildren, a brother, and his mother. Our deepest condolences go out to them all.