Russell McGregor was the president and founder of Genrobot Corporation, a software development company specializing in wireless onsite communication and intelligent web-enabled database technologies.
Russ was born on December 10, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska to Essie Lee and Bertha McGregor.
McGregor attended public elementary school before entering the private Archbishop Rummel Catholic Christian Brother High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It was upon graduating with honors from high school that McGregor received a fellowship to Operation Crossroads Africa for an assignment on Rusinga Island in the South Nyanza province of Kenya to teach school to the local residents. Upon his return, he accepted a scholarship from the Warren E. Buffett Foundation to attend Grinnell College, and majored in Biology. After graduating from Grinnell in 1973, he entered the Graduate Program at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina.
After graduation and many noteworthy accomplishments, such as being elected as Grinnell’s first African American Student Government President in 1973, Russ began working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the Personnel Administration Department. Guided by a belief that intelligent databases would yield great management productivity, he developed the first computerized
personnel record-keeping system for the Medical Center.
In 1977, he was asked by Mrs. Warren Buffett to become the first Executive Director of Community Plaza, a health center located in an impoverished area of Omaha.
In 1979, he accepted a personal invitation by Jack MacCallister, the Chairman of AT&T’s Northwestern Bell Telephone Company to join the senior management development program. At Northwestern Bell, Russ developed the first Line of Business Information System and in 1986, was tapped to become the corporate director of strategic planning for the newly formed U S WEST Communications Company in Denver, Colorado. While in the senior management program, Russ enriched his management experience with academic training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his career at U S West with a high profile international strategic alliance with the senior executives of Sony Corporation Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
McGregor left corporate America in 1992 to form his own company, Genrobot Corporation. As he invested heavily in a web-based rapid application development platform that incorporated his vast knowledge of computer and communications technologies, McGregor successfully negotiated contracts with AT&T, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent, Merrill-Lynch, Oracle, the United States Department of Defense and Xerox.
Russ served as Publisher of Swing Vote Magazine, an award-winning online subscription magazine that he developed. His last project was accounting software and sales for Rocky Mountain Driveline in Denver.
Russ lost his battle with cancer on April 8, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Johnston McGregor; his mother, Bertha Egland; and a sister and brother.
Donations can be made to the Denver Zoological Foundation in memory of Russ McGregor. Please send to Josie Stewart, Gift Planning Manager, Denver Zoological Foundation, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205