After spending a few weeks in the company of Greg Korosec it is still a bit of a mystery to me what makes him tick. He is a combination of the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going an' going and a wood turtle with a slow and deliberate approach to any task at hand, with a bit of a hard shell and ability to retreat into it if necessary. He is the only person here who can carry out the plan of attack with regard to surveying the area for possible excavation sites and so daily he marches up the terraces and down the ravines in search of places to continue our work here. Even when the day is done and he is exhausted he is thinking about his next objective and takes the welfare of everyone here as a personal responsibility.
It is clear that he values education as much as he relishes adventure. With undergraduate degrees in Economics, Finance and Anthropology, a Master's degree in Anthropology and now the completion of his third year of a doctoral program in Anthropology he is no stranger to the rigors of higher learning. He is especially proud of the work he has completed in these past three years toward gaining funding for ICAP, International Circumpolar Archeology Project. This is the project that has brought us all together here on Kamchatka.
Having worked in corporate America, he decided that his interests were not in line with his direction, so he changed direction. He left New York and headed to Alaska with no promise of employment or real agenda. He became a commercial fisherman and spent two years fishing the North Pacific for a season and traveling the world the next season. He's not only been to dozens of countries, but has met enough people around the world that he has a place to stay in scores of international locales. Which is one thing that really strikes me about Greg. He is the kind of person you feel fortunate to meet. He is easy to talk to, listens retrospectively and values the ideas and opinions of others.
I think it was fortunate that he struck out for the west coast and Alaska, because it gave him the opportunity to meet archeologists who opened the door that put him on the course he travels today. He began to seriously pursue his interest since childhood of the study of different cultures and artifacts. With a degree in Anthropology, you can see the deep conviction he has to building and maintaining relationships with people he meets along his way. And in all my time here I have never seen him lose his patience openly and he has never made anyone feel badly about any mistake they have made. It is truly a remarkable quality that I have not seen in a lot of people that I have encountered. I imagine that he those closest to him appreciate his devotion to them, because I can see that he feels genuinely committed to them.
With his commitment to ICAP he has made it his business to learn First Aid, CPR, field medicine, survival and wilderness training and a seemingly endless list of other practical and readily applicable skills that he puts into service here in the field. As the project administrator he is also committed to the success of the project and chooses to make its continuation a personal commitment.
While each of the projects Greg undertakes says a lot about his interests, he is not defined by what he does. It may be through his long course of study of anthropology and the cultures of people around the world or it could be his personal nature, but Greg clearly has a much stronger interest in how he relates with other people than what list of accomplishments he has on his resume. The accomplishments have been made while building relationships with people along the way. And I'm glad he was here in Kamchatka, along my way.