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)
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the passing of Professor Genovese. Gene was one of America's greatest historians. I shall never forget his example of scholarship
and his superb teaching at the University of Rochester where I was privileged to be one of his students. I shall always be grateful to him for leading me to the study of southern history, slavery, and religion. Gene was a remarkable mentor and teacher for me and so many others. May the angels lead him to paradise to be with Betsy, as well as to be with all those to whom his scholarship gave a voice. And may God continue to bless Gene's family at his difficult time.
Deacon Scott R. Reisinger
U of R Class of '80
Headmaster, Bancroft School
So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during your time of need.(2 Cor 1:3-5)
I was privileged to get to know Gene at the National Humanities Center in 1988-89 when we were both fellows. I respected his intellectual toughness and energy and his gracious kindness. Several years later I joined the faculty at Emory where I got to know Gene and Elizabeth as colleagues. Separately and together they displayed the best of the intellectual life: passion, skepticism, and an appreciation of how it was important to pay attention to points of view that initially may seem wrong-headed. Our understanding of the tangled path of race and gender in America has been enlarged by the hard and patient work each of them have done. I am thankful that our lives intersected along the way. Rest in peace, Gene. We will not forget all you have given us.
Paul Courtright, Department of Religion
An exemplary teacher, scholar, and colleague, Gene was the very embodiment of the idea of the university. he inspired us all and held us to high standards.
We'll miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Joseph M. Knippenberg, Brookhaven, GA.
May you find strength and comfort from God and peace through the love of your friends and family. James 4:8
Please accept my sincere condolonces at this time. May the peace promised in God's Word (John 14:27) sustain you all and help you endure. Trust in Him and He will provide whatever you may need.
Renee - Atlanta, GA
I'm truly sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this time.
I am truly sorry for you loss. May you find comfort in the love of your family and friends Is 65:17.
Gene Genovese was an outstanding historian who influenced all of us. I will always remember his rigorous scholarship and standards as well as his kindness when my husband and I visited Gene and Betsey at their home. What a remarkable couple! My condolences to the Genovese and Fox families.
With deepest sympathy to the Genovese family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
What a beautiful and enduring love Betsey and Gene shared on earth. May it continue in heaven -- and may the angels lead him into paradise.
Truly a man of knowledge. A man that would change the World and make it equal for all. That's a Godly quality!Ecclesiastes 7:1-2
I give my deepest condolences
Gene and Betsey are, I very much hope, dining out tonight. Gene was an extraordinary friend, a true gentleman, a great historian. My condolences to the two families Betsey and Gene united, and to all of us who miss both of them.
May the God of all comfort be with all those mourning.
With My Sympathy especially in times like theses, faith can provide such strenth TRUST IN Jehovah God. His love is there to protect and guide you. And lean on me....I'm here for you to try and give you all the support you need, To pray for you, and to remind you how much Jehovah God loves you.
May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Hold tight to cherished memories. Lean on friends for support. And cling to God's word, the Bible, for strength and comfort.
To the Genovese family, God can refresh your soul and comfort you through this difficult time. Psalm 23. I offer the Genovese family my condolences.
Our hearts are heavy, but we know that Gene is now, once again, reunited with his beloved Betsey. Gene, you will always be in our hearts and in our history. A truer gentleman I never knew.
My Condolences to the Genovese family, God is a refuge for us during distresses, a helper and strength. Psalms 46:1
Tina King Atlanta, Ga.
Robert and I are grieving the loss of a dear friend whose company we have missed very much since leaving the Atlanta area - but his friendship still meant a great deal to us and we are sad that we will neve discuss and argue again as we did in the 90's. Those were good years and wil always be associated with the excitement, the brilliance, and the kindness of this wonderful, gifted man and his beautiful, sweet wife Elizabeth. We were lucky and blessed to know them. May this good and faithful servant of the Lord, enjoy a blessed rest with his beloved Betsy.
Gene was a very great historian, probably the best of his generation, and I was extremely lucky to have him as my mentor at the University of Rochester in the 1970s. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing.