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Richard Edward Genser

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Richard E. Genser 1944-2008 TUCSON, ARIZ. Richard Edward Genser, a life long member of the Sierra Club, Rich (aka Rex, Geronimo) passionately dedicated his life to saving the environment, died on Feb. 27. He served as Chairman of the Sierra Club of Tucson for many years as well as State Chairman of the Sierra Club. He was born September 27, 1944 in Newark, N.J. and grew up in South Orange, N.J. After graduating from Colorado College, he served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era, and then returned to New Jersey where he owned car dealerships and speculated in real estate. He moved to Tucson in the late 1980's and again became involved in various real estate ventures. His environmental passion continued to play a dominant role in his real estate development as was evidenced by his concern about preserving open spaces, protecting washes, and maintaining wildlife corridors. He was instrumental in orchestrating and bringing to fruition the Sonoran Desert Protection Plan. Recently he and his wife, Claire, relocated to Manchester Center, Vt., where he opened a gem and mineral store. Rich lived to play outside. He was an avid and accomplished skier, kayaker, hiker, mountain biker, camper, and golfer. He was exceptionally devoted to his family and friends, always offering encouragement, compassion, and laughter. He kept everyone constantly entertained with his amusing stories and antics. Rich was truly one of a kind - a larger than life individual. He leaves his wife, Claire; father, Lester Genser (Agnes); son, Jordon Genser; sister, Susan Bulger; brother, Jon Genser (Annie); step-daughters Carol Bailey Stevens (Eloy), Ashley Ronen (Shlomi); four grandchildren, Zaida, Blue, Hailey, and Samantha; three nieces, Laura, Jane, and Courtney; a nephew, Gregg; several great-nieces and nephews, and his ex-wife Jill Genser. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held in Manchester Center Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at Hildene in the Peony Garden with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, Rich requested donations be made to Hildene for the preservation of the wet lands and the Sierra Club of Tucson and Angel Charity for Children, Inc of Tucson.]]>
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 6, 2008
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