Greg Novak has passed away

I am not even sure a blog is the most appropriate place to write about this. But I felt a great sense of loss when I first heard this news. Not even sure what to say.

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10 Responses to “Greg Novak has passed away”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    The family is obviously in shock and grief. They covet your prayers at this tough time. Things are so raw and in upheaval at the moment they are not sure what they need help with, for those who are asking.

  2. Keri Pipkins Says:

    Heartbreaking!! Sending prayers…

  3. Lori Says:

    So sad to hear. Thinking of his family. Thanks for letting us know!

  4. charlesdschultz Says:

    Dear Greg,

    We missed you at Houlihans today. You showed up quite often, even after collectively being called a tyrant and having to face those who disagree with you. You were a sure trooper in that sense; you didn’t shy away from opposition, but faced it fair and square. I have observed you ask hard questions at Board Meetings, I have witnessed you field a bevy of questions and arguments on IlliniPundit (including the grenades that came over the fence), and I have shared many a great one-on-one conversations. You taught me a lot; not only about the inner workings and the behind-the-scenes politics, but also the historical context that is often so necessary in any real discussion, the bigger picture viewpoint that lends weight to any kind of planning.

    I wonder what’s going to happen to your email account; I can only imagine the treasure trove of insight and wisdom that demonstrates your passion for education.

    You left a mark, my friend. And I have not even known you that long. You were a strong advocate, and you put your money where your mouth is. Not many folks do that these days. You were an awesome role model.

    Your son-in-law often told me how you two never discussed school. I got the impression this was out of respect, and with much wisdom, to cherish the many other things in life; for you have an awesome, loving, generous family – there is so much more going on.

    I thank you that you allowed me to partake in your life. I wished I had known you longer, but I am content. You have left us with hope and desires to make the world a better place.

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

  5. robertdeatley Says:

    Unit 4 lost a hard worker. Savoy lost an ally. Many of us lost a friend. So sad for the entire community.

  6. Chuck Jackson Says:


    Hard to imagine that you are gone, can’t seem to find words of tribute just yet. But I did think that even in your passing you address a controversy at Unit 4. What better tribute than to name the new Savoy school after you.

    Donna and family, you have meant a great deal to our family. My heart reaches out to you in a terrific moment of loss.

    Chuck Jackson

  7. Rose Hudson Says:

    The School District and community overall have lost a great leader. Condolences to the family on this loss!
    Rose Hudson
    (going all the way back to Jefferson with Greg!)

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  9. Mary Davis Biddle Says:

    I worked in Unit 4 during 16 years of Greg’s tenure as librarian and board member. Greg stood out for his generosity – with his time and his expertise. He listened carefully and addressed contentious issues with integrity, always keeping the students’ best interest at the forefront of the discussion – but also treating all parties concerned with respect. Greg was absolutely trustworthy, an admirable trait. He was also warm and caring, an especially admirable trait from such a talented person.

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