Dear Colleagues,

It is with heavy hearts that the COSTEP MA Executive Board shares the news of the passing of Gregor Trinkaus-Randall last Friday, August 16th. Gregor was pivotal to the inception of COSTEP MA and served as one of the group’s first co-chairs until last year. While the full range of his influence and impact on the archival profession is too vast to be summarized here, his leadership in the areas of disaster and emergency mitigation, response, and recovery will be particularly missed by this group.

His obituary is available at

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners also put out a lovely tribute:

The family will be planning a celebration of life in the early fall and has requested that, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284, Scottish Dance Cultural Education Association (, or the Care Dimensions Hospice in Lincoln Mass (