Gregory (“Greg”) Eric Kelley, born in 1944, was the youngest child of Dr. Vincent and Nathalie Kelley of Newton, Massachusetts. He began skating at age eight when his Catholic school class went to a “Learn to Skate” program at The Skating Club of Boston. He joined the club and trained with Montgomery (“Bud”) Wilson. At the Eastern Championships, he won the juvenile men’s title in 1955, the novice men’s title in 1956, the junior men’s title in 1957 and the senior men’s titles in 1958 and 1959. On his first trip to Nationals, he won the 1957 U.S. novice men’s championship. The following year his winning streak came to an end when he placed second in junior men at the 1958 Nationals. He rebounded the following year when he won the 1959 U.S. junior men’s title.
Greg placed fifth at the 1960 Nationals, second at the 1961 Nationals, and won the bronze medal at the 1961 North Americans. Greg, a brilliant student, had plans to become a doctor like his father.