Gregory Michael Maney passed away September 2nd after a five year battle with brain cancer. A tremendous scholar, he was co-valedictorian of the class of 1985 at Cascia Hall and went on to earn an AB at Brown, a MSC from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He was a professor at Hofstra University and a well published author, activist, organizer, and consultant. He was Hofstra University's Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change as well as the director for active citizenship and off-campus partnerships at Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement.
He was beloved by his colleagues and was an inspirational teacher who brought his research into his classroom and his campus commitments. His advocacy and research for peace led to collaborations with the LifeWay Network to conduct a study of human trafficking in the New York metropolitan area; the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives to create local peace institutions; the Long Island Immigrant Alliance on preventing and responding to hate crimes; and the Workplace Project on the human rights issues for day laborers. In the community, he built bridges between the University, its students, and local residents. He was a co-founder of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, which advocated for residents through the foreclosure crisis and community development issues.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Coyle; son Enzo; his parents, Betty and John; a brother, George; and a nephew, Tate.
There will be an on-campus memorial and reception that is open to the community on Monday, October 23, from 3 to 6pm at The Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center and at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall on the 10th Floor of the Axinn Library. In tribute to the memory of Dr. Maney, all Hofstra University flags were lowered to half-staff.