OBITUARY

Willis Kehely McGregor

July 12, 1989July 15, 2014

McGREGOR WILLIS K. McGREGOR

Willis Kehely McGregor, son of Stephen and the late Katherine McGregor, died at his apartment in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC during the early morning of July 12, 2014, his twenty-fifth birthday. The cause has yet to be determined, but he had struggled for the past two years with complications stemming from Chiari malformation, a spinal and lower brain stem disorder, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. Mr. McGregor was proudly born and raised in Washington, DC. A graduate of Beauvoir and St. Albans School on the National Cathedral Close, he spent his entire life in the District, with the exception of a two-year stay with his family in London when he was a toddler, a brief stay with his aunt and uncle in Vermont when he was eighteen, and attendance at Arizona State University in Tempe. He held a variety of jobs throughout his young life and worked most recently as a legal aide at Kellogg Huber Hansen and an intern at Four Points LLC, a real estate development firm. Widely known for his sense of humor and his compassionate disposition, he was a relentless prankster, much to the enjoyment-and occasional chagrin-of his father, brothers, and friends. Moreover, he inherited his mother's concern for the well-being of all those who surrounded him: friends, family, and even strangers. This quality lent itself to a keen interest in the cultural and political life of Washington, DC, and a passionate advocacy of social justice. Other hobbies included playing a variety of sports and online video-games at a highly proficient level. While his health was diminished at points over the past couple years, he had recently successfully completed an intensive program geared toward treating the symptoms of his medical conditions at Johns Hopkins Hospital and had demonstrated a steely determination to regain his well-being. In addition to his father, Mr. McGregor is survived by brothers Stephen McGregor of London, Andrew McGregor of New York City, NY, and Michael McGregor of Boston, MA; a stepbrother, Gleb Drobkov of New York City; his stepmother, Nathalie McGregor of Washington, DC; a newborn nephew, Daedalus Rowan McGregor; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and countless beloved friends. A service will be held at the National Cathedral at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation at www.ednf.org or Martha's Table at www.marthastable.net.

Arrangements under the direction of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington, DC.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Willis Kehely McGregor

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brian kinane

July 31, 2014

No words can express our sorrow for the loss of Willis. Our thoughts are with you. Celia and Brian

July 31, 2014

May Willis's Soul rest in peace.
God bless you .
Habib& Family

July 30, 2014

Dear Steve and family ; You are in our thoughts and prayers . Please accept our condolences on the loss of Willis .
Michael and Isabel Deegan

Alex & Valentina Severinsky

July 30, 2014

Dearest Steve and Nathalie, Please accept our deepest condolences on untimely death of your beloved son. We will remember him as a very handsome and bright man.

charles

July 30, 2014

We pray to Almighty God to keep Willis's gentle and young soul under the wings of his mercy and eternal love and to bless you all.
Charles& Family

July 30, 2014

We pray to Almighty God to keep Willis'gentle and young soul under the wings of his mercy and eternal love.
Charles& Family

Yuri Somov

July 29, 2014

I am so so sorry. I heard about Willis a lot. I met him and talked to him once,for a while, 3 years ago. He made an impression. At 22 - extremely rare - he clearly, unmistakeably knew how life should be lived, and valued it. If only he'd been given the time that he more than deserved...

Celastand Torrence

July 28, 2014

I met Willis at Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group one evening in 2012. He Came for a office visit and we began to talk. He spoke of his health, his family and the things he like to do. He had a kind and warm demeanor about him. He was never anxious and never wanted to appear to be a burden. He is with Jesus now watching over us.

Peace to my brother Willis.

Love,

Celastand Torrence

Tatiana and Yuri Dudin

July 28, 2014

Dear Stephen, Natalie, the McGregor family. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and pain.
In this tough time in your life let our friendship, sympathy, heartfelt and sincere condolences bring comfort to you and your family.

Mary Jo Binker

July 28, 2014

My family and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all the McGregors at this sad time. Rest in peace, Willis. We will always remember you.