Remembering Greg Rose

By: Zackary Martyrs

Greg Rose was a founding member of the Party of Communists USA (PCUSA), but his journey did not begin there. Greg was born September 3, 1951, to English parents. He later became a Captain in the US Army during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. When the Viet Cong was captured and taken prisoner, they would be tortured for information and Greg was the one who translated their Vietnamese into English. During the war, he had a change of heart after realizing the true horrors of Capitalism. After being wounded by a sniper and sent back to the US, Greg would find himself becoming a veteran for peace, activist for sex workers and a voice for scientific socialism.

Greg was an author and worker correspondent for several news organizations. He obtained a doctorate degree in history and economics at the University of Texas. It was at the University of Oregon that he retired as a professor. Throughout his time in Oregon, Greg would become Chairman for the Oregon chapter of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and worked thoroughly with their Climate Change Working Group. He would later help form the National Council of Communists in 2014, the PCUSA’s pre-party formation, after leaving the CPUSA during the time Sam Webb helped turn it into an appendage of the Democratic Party.

It was shortly after the 2016 Congress of the PCUSA that our dear comrade Greg Rose passed away. This was a major loss to the communist movement. He spoke fluent Russian which helped the PCUSA form relations with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. He held a leadership role in the U.S. Friends of the Soviet People, an anti-imperialist organization striving to build relations with folks living in the former USSR and Eastern Europe. Greg was also on the Board of Directors for the People’s School for Marxist-Leninist Studies where he would teach the school’s first class on Dialectical and Historical Materialism. We must never forgot the legacy of Greg Rose and those who came before us.

“You must throw yourselves athwart the machine that is devouring this generation, capitalism. It has commodified education, it has commodified teachers, and it has commodified students. It must stop, it must stop here, it must stop now!” 

– Greg Rose (Quote from a speech Greg gave at a march dealing with the rising tuition and plans to privatize governance of the University of Oregon.)