Eugene "Gene" George Averkin
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Gene passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV at the age of 82 with his wife of 53 years at his side. He was born in Shanghai, China to George and Evdokia Averkin and lived there until 1947. Upon leaving China he lived in the Philippines before settling in San Francisco, CA in 1948. Gene joined the U.S. Army where he served in the infantry in the Korean War and later as a member of Military Intelligence in Berlin, Germany where he used his expertise in languages as he spoke Russian, German and English. He served from 1952 to 1956. While on leave in Germany, he learned to ski which became a lifelong passion. Upon leaving the army, Gene returned to California where he attended San Francisco State University and received a degree in mathematics. It was there that he met his future bride, Carole Marshall and they married in 1960. He then attended UC Berkeley where he received a Masters degree in Biostatistics from the Department of Public Health. Gene began his professional career working at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for NASA in Mountain View, CA. He eventually joined Syntex Pharmaceuticals where he worked until he retired. In 1993 Gene realized his dream of living in Lake Tahoe and moved to Incline Village where he lived for 17 years. He was an avid skier and hiker and an active member of the Lions Club. Gene is survived by his wife, Carole, his son Dennis of Ridgeland, SC his daughter Christina Averkin of Incline Village, and his grandchildren, Vera, Jan and Luke. A celebration of life service will he held at The Village Church in Incline Village, NV on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army or the
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 28, 2013