It was my great honour to teach with Gene during his years at Sir George Williams University. I was a fresh PhD out of Wisconsin and Gene taught me about history, writing, teaching and the politics of academic life. He was a dear and loyal friend and, with Betsy, provided me with support throughout my academic career. Rest in peace, good and gentle friend. Charles L. Bertrand, Professor Emeritus of History, Concordia University, Montreal.
My prayers are with the family. I am thankful for Dr. Genovese's profound & courageous scholarship. I read "Roll, Jordan, Roll" in 1977 and have been arguing with it, thinking about it, & quoting its wisdom for the last 35 years. I too returned to the faith of my fathers & allowed this spiritual journey to enrich rather than impede my historical writing. So grateful for Dr. Genevese's example.
I knew Gene when he was at Rochester, and played regularly in his weekly poker game. His style of playing was certainly socialistic, for we drew money from ever pot and when the game was over split the money equally to compensate the evening's losers. It was egalitarianism, not poker. His departure from socialism took place after he left here, but I would be interested to hear how his later-life poker was organized. I enjoyed his stay at Rochester, and especially our quarrels at lunch time in the faculty club (which was not open to everyone, even at the height of Gene's influence.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace of God that excels all thought bring you comfort during this most difficult time. Phillipians 4:7
I'm sorry for your loss. Please allow God to be your refuge and your strength during this difficult time. (Psalms 91:2)