In Memoriam

Jerrold "Jerry" Alan Greenberg, 61, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Katy, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2012. He was born on Nov. 15, 1950, in Chicago.

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Jerrold "Jerry" Alan Greenberg, 61, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Katy, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2012. He was born on Nov. 15, 1950, in Chicago. Greenberg graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English in 1973 and journalism in 1978. He worked for more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry as an editor, marketing and public relations manager, corporate communications director, and most recently, as a freelance writer and consultant. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sissy; mother, Marcella; brother, Shane; daughter, Laurie and son-in-law Bill Even; daughter, Kelley; and the new love of his life, his granddaughter, Annie.

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