Gregor Deratmiroff

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Gregor Deratmiroff

July 27, 1934 ~ February 2, 2015 (age 80)


GREENSBORO – Gregor Nicolay De Ratmiroff, born in New York on July 27, 1934, died in his home in Greensboro, NC, Monday morning, February 2nd, with his family holding his hands. A renowned geologist, he received the highest medal of honor that the Venezuelan Government bestows for leading the team that discovered the largest bauxite deposit in the country. He obtained his PhD from Rutgers University, and was a professor at both Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

He lived life to its fullest, enjoying travel, adventure, and great food. He loved music, the arts, playing pool, waffles with bacon, and gin and tonics. His favorite moments were spent with his wife and dear friends, entertaining guests, attending classical music concerts, and singing 'con gusto' even when he did not know the words. He will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, charm, and joie de vivre.

His loving wife of 36 years, Lucia Manuela, and adoring daughter, Marina Alejandra, are grateful for the parade of friends who visited him, laughed with him, and kept him company particularly in his final few months, as well as the compassionate care he received from Hospice. Cremation services have been entrusted to the wonderful and caring people of Triad Cremation Society & Chapel. Gregor's family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 at their home on Saturday, February 7th. In lieu of flowers or food, please consider making a donation to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at

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  • February 05, 2015
    Lorrie Roth says:
    I cannot even begin to imagine what you're going through and how difficult all this must be for you. Please know that I am always there for both of you. Whether to talk or cry or even just sit in silence with. My heart goes out to you both during this difficult loss. It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. As hard as it seems, you will get through this difficult time together and emerge stronger. I am are always around to help either of you through this trying period.

  • February 05, 2015
    June Felski says:
    A truly wonderful and accomplished human being.  Gregory was so much fun and truly enjoyed life.  I had the privelege of marrying both He and Manuela. What a wonderful time and then again in 2014 marrying his daughter Marina.  He was so happy.  May he rest in peace.  God Bless you Manuela and Marina for taking such good care of him and showing so much compassion and love.  With love and affection.  June and Jerry

  • February 05, 2015
    Heidi Maso says:
    Gregory, my good, crazy, loving, generous friend, i will never forget you, we will see each other one day, up there, hug and kisses, Heidi

  • February 05, 2015
    Andrea Jo Martin says:
    Sending love and big hugs and raising a glass in honor of Gregor.

  • February 18, 2015
    Wallace Smith says:
    I am so very sorry to hear of Gregor's passing.  Even now, I can see our girls together laughing, playing and enjoying the sun and fun.   I am filled with the memories of those special weekend outings that our families shared.  I remember how much Gregor enjoyed the time he had with his family and friends.  Gregor was a special person and he will be missed.

  • June 26, 2023
    Anonymous posted an image:
    Gregor's world-famous Thanksgiving turkey
    Gregor's world-famous Thanksgiving turkey