TOP ANGLER GEAR – Lake Superior State University fisheries students Addie Dutton and Brian Curell show off the assorted fishing gear that will be auctioned Nov. 9 to benefit LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory. The fishing equipment, some of it new and some of it used, was donated by Bill Gregory, former member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and LSSU Foundation’s Board of Directors. Gregory also played a pivotal role in establishing the ARL in the 1970s. Dutton and Curell are student employees at the lab. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The weather may be feeling more like hunting season, but Lake Superior State University will be thinking about fishing when it holds a sale of fishing gear donated by a longtime friend of the university and Sault Ste. Marie resident.
Bill Gregory, former member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and LSSU Foundation’s Board of Directors, has donated dozens of rods and reels, hundreds of lures and tackle, and many other pieces of assorted fishing gear to LSSU. The fishing equipment, some of it new and some of it used, will be sold in a fundraiser for the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory, on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The public is welcome to peruse the tackle during the sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Walker Cisler Center’s Crow’s Nest.
The tackle was collected by Gregory through his many years of fishing the St. Mary’s River and the Great Lakes. While most of it is being sold first-come, first-served, a few items will be available through a silent auction. Payment will be accepted at the door through cash, check or credit card.
Gregory is a longtime supporter of LSSU and the Eastern Upper Peninsula, and was president of Edison Sault Electric Company for many years. Always known for his keen interest in the outdoors, especially fishing, he was one of the founders of the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club and the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory, working with natural resource managers to improve fisheries and wildlife habitat in the St. Mary’s River watershed.
In addition to the aquatic lab, he supported campus building projects, including the James Norris Center and Walker Cisler Center. In honor of his contributions to the Norris Center, the Gregory Lounge and meeting room was included as a part of the original construction. He was recognized for his campus contributions with the LSSU Distinguished Citizen Award in 1986.
A partial list of EUP fisheries projects of which Gregory has been involved, include: Chinook salmon plants in the St. Mary's River – one of the first SASC projects; Atlantic salmon program – one of the first Atlantic salmon fishery in the upper Great Lakes; as president of Edison Sault Electric Company, he oversaw donations of land to the city for projects such as the Ashmun Bay boat launch and establishment of Aune Osborn Boat Launch, which was recently renamed in his honor.
These projects all helped Gregory spread his enjoyment of fishing in this area to many other residents and visitors alike, and LSSU hopes his donated fishing gear may continue that effort by allowing area anglers to put it to good use.
Bill and MaryLou Gregory live in Grand Rapids now but still visit the Eastern U.P. to visit friends and go fishing.
For more information on the fishing gear sale, call the LSSU Foundation, 906-635-2665.
CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Brian Streichert, Sector Sault Ste. Marie ESO, e-mail, 635-3355; Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2665.