What a wonderful man. My husband Keith and I loved seeing Preston and Colleen while in Ft Worth for the cutting horse futurity. I was related to Preston through the Giesecke family. God bless the Gerens.
Nancy Wilson Hargrove
I would like for the Geren family to know what an impact their father had on my life. He was a mentor at Nash Elementary School where I was a Kinder/1st grade teacher. He mentored several of my students over the years and I can tell you he made a impact on their lives. One of his students he started with, I believe in Kinder with me, and stayed with her through 5th grade, graduated 1 year early and is attending TCJC to become a nurse. He was the ultimate gentleman, like my father, always willing to help and listen. He gave to these children something that there was no one else able to give at the time. I will always remember him as a man to be truly admired, respected and one who said I will make a difference in these children's life and he did. Thank you, Preston Geren for all you gave to the children of Ft. Worth school system. Cheryl Scott, Teacher, Fort Worth ISD.
The Fort Worth Business Press wrote an article recently that is representative of how Mr. Geren told me he would want to be remembered.
One of my most favorite photos of Mr. Geren, and his Dad.
This is how I feel about Preston Geren, my friend, my mentor, and my boss for almost 25 years. It's very sad when the people who gave you the best memories become a memory. I celebrate his life and mourn his passing all in the same heartbeat. I give thanks for Preston Geren and all he did for me and all the Geren Employees he led and guided into a well-oiled team of architects and engineers with his wisdom and tenacity. We worked hard, but we enjoyed the ride as we built many schools and tall buildings all across Texas. Preston was a driving force and it's hard to put into words all he did for the City of Fort Worth as landmarks abound all over our city, his employees and so many students who received his scholarships at Texas A&M. I can feel the Aggie spirit when I've driven across the campus and breathed in Kyle Field as the Texas Aggies were such an enormous part of his life. As we all got together just a few years ago to celebrate the ties that kept us lifelong friends, Geren folks came from all across the country to attend our Celebration. Build it and they will come!
Thank you for all your contributions to the city of Fort Worth.
A great man.....wise and generous mentor to many, including me. I will be forever grateful.
It was my great privilege to work for Preston for 18 years and to know him, beloved Colleen, and their family.
He was honored by virtually every award and recognition that an Architect and Aggie can receive in Texas.
He was a superior Patriot, father, grandfather, boss, leader, mentor and friend.
A gentleman of the First-Class and an outstanding member of The Greatest Generation.
Preston had an abiding interest in the welfare of all of the men and women who worked for him, all of whom admired and respected him greatly.
In conversing with Star-telegram journalist Diane Smith, who wrote the article about Preston in the June 15 paper, she noted: "Someone should write a book about this great man.",
which is a solid truth.
My condolences to the Geren family on the loss of a true icon in Fort Worth.
Pate and Toby, My thoughts and prayers are with you and yuour family.
We offer our deepest sympathy to the Geren family. Catherine and Rick Goggans Camden Maine
Pete, my condolences. I knew your father only through you, and you are a reflection of the strongest character.
Other comments from the A&M Message Board:
Here - for and from a large brood of Fort Worth Aggies, both friends and family, of Mr. Geren. One of Fort Worth's Finest.
I didn't know him but read his obit. What a role model for younger generations to follow.
Humbles me just to read his obit.
From TexAgs.com, and A&M Message Board, from ArchAg10:
My favorite classes were held at the Preston M. Geren auditorium, named after mr. Gerens father, who was a graduate of the College of Architecture. Mr. Geren's support if the university was much appreciated by the students, and his donations to improve the facilities made our education and quality of life much better while I attended Texas A&M. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and condolences to Mr. Geren's family.
a good friend to the Ashworth family. he was a true gentleman. rest in peace. bruce ashworth
So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers
Mr. Geren's generosity in sponsoring multiple President's Endowed Scholarships at Texas A&M greatly aided in me being able to attend. I am forever thankful for his generosity in all areas of life. My utmost condolences to his family.
Preston will be dearly missed, he was such a wonderful friend. Lots of love to the family.
Preston, was one of the finest people that I have ever meet, always a gentleman.
"Softly Call the Muster..." Mr Geren was an exceptional Gentleman.
Thoughts and prayers to the Geren family. Mr. Geren was a mentor for me and many others. He'll be greatly missed.
Heart felt condolences to all the family especially Chandra and her sons from Brian & Dinah Boos Scotland.
had the privilege to meet with him and his lovely family a few times. may he rest in peace amen.
Will truly miss this great man , he has been a wonderful neighbor.
To the exceptional Geren Family, my family and I share in the loss of your Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad. Mr. Geren was clearly one of the Greater Generation and served as a leader in every endeavor which justified his time. His long-term impact to my family is beyond words, and his influence in my life will continue to guide me, has it has with so many 'Gerenites' who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will love and miss him, and his beautiful Colleen, forever. God's Kingdom is much richer today.
I'll miss his daily visit to the Frost Bank lobby for his afternoon cookie.
What a wonderful life! Preston gave so much to so many, never putting himself at the forefront. Watching him care for his adorable wife was a joy and now they are together again.
Charlie & Pete
I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved Father. My prayers are with all of your family at this time.
Lyndal Mitchell......Fut's daughter
Dear Pete and Toby,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Miriam Cole Lambert
I am saddened to hear of Mr. Geren's passing. Although I hadn't had the opportunity to work for him for a few years, I always considered him a friend and will miss him. My condolences to his family and other friends.
Profound sympathy to the family of Preston M. Geren Jr. This hero of the greatest generation, and distinguished American is an example for us and indeed all generations.
Heartfelt sympathies & prayers for you, Pete & Charlie & family. Jennifer Walton Halpenny - AHHS Class of 1970
Preston was the best of the best. Distinguished in his work in architecture, as an Officer in the Third Army during WW II, as a Former Student of Texas A&M, and the President of the 12th Man Foundation. And many other honors and distinctions.
Preston and Colleen were dear and kind friends. For both, lives well lived. Thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to know them.
Charlie, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. My heart and prayers go out to your and your family.
Such a fine gentleman and friend/bridge buddy for my parents for so very many years. Deepest sympathy to all.
It was sad to lose Mr. Preston Geren so soon after his wife just passed away, last year. My heart goes out to Pete, Charlie, Eva, and the rest of their siblings and family, who have lost a wonderful man. He has done so many remarkable things in his life, and a great contributor to the city of Fort Worth, but something tells me I think his best roles he liked best was being a loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family. Guess God and Jesus needed a great engineer and architect, in heaven, they have one of the best. This terrestrial ball is a lot poorer, for losing this man, and Heaven, a lot richer, for receiving him. He will be extremely missed!
I will miss his stories and his smile. A simple drive from the office to downtown would invoke a memory simply by seeing a building and the changing Ft Worth landscape. Our annual "Secretary's Day" lunches at FWC will always be cherished as at those times work was left behind and the "social" Preston was ever present. I was honored to have worked as his secretary, admin for 23 years. He became my friend as well as my boss and those who knew him well fully understand the use of this descriptor. He was always a fine old school gentleman where an admonishment would occur if you dared to touch the doorhandle before he had a chance to open that door for you. I will miss him.
Judy (Mrs) Wilson