In memory of a beloved puzzle creator, this is a puzzle from 1999. It's a 17x17 grid, with an astonishing 11 theme answers. The puzzle as a whole feels very smooth, as befits an In Memoriam. It feels unfair to critique too much, so I'll just point out a few things I wish were different.
IRONERS and EXILER are words that only exist in crosswords, and therefore routinely make me wince. PREWRAP is an unhappy term, made more awkward by the strange cluing (Do before, as a gift chore). In fact, that was the last word I entered, deciding between WHERE and "there" for 18A. I think this is an example of the bias that comes from a puzzle being rerun 16 years after the fact. "You wanna go there?" was probably not in common currency at the time.
If I were to quibble with the theme entries, it would be mostly on those entries which are already Greek words, like GAMETES and TELEPHONE (which is made of Greek terms, although I suppose the word did not exist in the classical era). I really love ANTIBIAS and FOLLICLES. ENVELOPE pronounced with the extra syllable tickles me as well. Am I wrong to suggest that SPAREUS is more likely to have been a Roman God? NEMESIS is a surprise addition to the theme, as she was the Greek goddess of divine retribution.
The only other term that seems really dated is COURTTV. Does that exist any more? Otherwise, the grid could easily have been published in today's NYT as a new entry.
The way the grid is set up, 1A and 68D are in strange positions. 1A: Small group, as of trees (CLUMP) feels just off. I wanted "arbor" and then "grove" first. Does anyone say "a clump of trees?" I suppose, but I don't. The word is fine, but the clue is not. C-. 68D: "By yesterday" (PDQ) is pretty good, considering it's a 3-letter abbreviation. And it reminds me of my favorite P.D.Q. Bach. I'll give it a B.