Richard Wilson Gaenzle
Byles Memorial Home - New London
99 Huntington St
New London, CT
Waterford - Richard Wilson Gaenzle of Waterford, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

He was born in Kingston, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1935, the son of the late Reverend Dr. Russell S. Gaenzle and Marion W. Gaenzle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sally (Williams) Gaenzle; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Billie Gaenzle of Beaufort, S.C.; his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Maura Gaenzle of Richmond, Va.; and his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Gaenzle) Smith and Colin Smith of Sheffield, Mass. Richard truly adored his five granddaughters, Margaret, Caroline and Isabelle Gaenzle and Norah and Lena Smith; as well as his two nephews, Christopher and Russell Gaenzle; and niece, Emily (Gaenzle) Schilling.

Richard graduated from Albany High School in New York, Gettysburg College (BA), Northeastern University (MBA) and Yale University (MPH).

After a successful sales and marketing career in the building products industry, Richard became a well respected senior executive in the hospital and medical care industry. Richard managed facility improvement projects and new facility construction for University Hospital, Boston; New York University Medical Center, New York; University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago; Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York; and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London. He coordinated and managed the development and construction of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's $500 million Milstein Hospital building.

While at Gettysburg, Richard was a member of the fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, president of the Intra-Fraternity Council, and served as class president all four years. He was given the honorary designation of "Life President of the Senior Class". He was a longtime member of the New York Athletic Club and the American College of Health Care Executives.

Richard was passionate for pool and ocean swimming, running, weight lifting and general physical conditioning. He loved Ocean Beach Park and could be found swimming there most days even long into the fall. When weather forced him indoors, he visited the pool at Connecticut College. Vacationing on Long Beach Island, N.J. was a long held family tradition. He generally loved all things beach, swimming and his dogs, Wilson and Chloe. He was a warrior fighting a terrible disease with great humor until the end. This loving and sensitive man will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 70 Cross Road in Waterford. The family will receive guests after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Connecticut College Swim Program (Kathy Baer, 860.439.2409, [email protected]) and the Development Fund at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital (365 Montauk Ave., New London, CT 06320).

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Published by The Day on Jan. 12, 2014.
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Our prayers are with you. Richard was always so friendly, he went out of his way to make sure everyone felt included. We are going to miss him.
The Kilby's
January 21, 2014
Sally and family, my deepest condolences thoughts and prayers. I only knew him from CVS where I was a tech and recall him being a gentleman with a keen sense of humour.
Jindra Klemenz
January 16, 2014
Dear Sally we very sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers always Charlie and Tina stage
January 13, 2014
Dear Sally,

We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
We are so sorry to hear about Richard, he was a wonderful man.
Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Your happy memories that last forever will help you through this sad time.

May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.
Spence and Sue Williams
January 12, 2014
As neighbors of Richard and Sally, we had the pleasure to know and talk to Richard frequently. He was always a gentleman with a very keen sense humor. We will miss him and extend our deepest sympathy to Sally and his family.
Nick&Jan Stimac
January 12, 2014
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