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Vale George Gentner_____

Vale George Gentner - Tract

Vale George Gentner

It is with the greatest sadness that the Tract Family announce the passing of George Gentner, after a relatively short but resolute battle with cancer.

We as the Tract family pass our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Sarah, Meghan, Lindsay and the family and will continue to support them during this saddest of times.

George arrived in Australia from the USA after connecting with Tract via our long standing relationship with the SWA group which was the starting point for Steve Calhoun, one of the founding directors of Tract. George came to landscape architecture having spent time in the US Navy where educational opportunities saw him develop his love of drawing and the outdoors into a career shaping the environment. He was a lover of detail, technology and sailing craft which was evident in his drawing, painting and love of sailing yachts. A man of the sea.

George spent over 25 years with Tract, punctuated by a return to the US with his family, to support his ailing father. During his first stint with Tract from the early 1990’s, George lead the technological revolution establishing the company’s CAD systems and the associated QA processes, he was a man who loved the detail. He was promoted to Principal before heading back to the west coast of the USA but he never lost touch with Tract, aiding the firm in its work on a major tourism project in Mexico while there. Upon his return to Australia, George returned to work at Tract and rose to become a Senior Principal.
Having worked with George for almost 20 years Managing Director, Deiter Lim recounts,

“together, over the years, we built the Adelaide office from our fly in, fly out times to establishing an award winning team. We had many adventures together, shared many a meal together and were like the odd couple as flat mates sharing an apartment in Adelaide. George was extremely proud of the Adelaide team and all that it has achieved and was looking forward to seeing it grow further.

The night of the 2018 AILA SA Awards saw the NRAH project awarded 3 separate design awards. It was the culmination of all George’s skill, drive and determination as a Landscape Architect to deliver a significant city shaping project, one that he and I spent 7 years working on. It was a great night for the team and for Georgie and one I will remember most fondly, not least for the celebrations.

I will miss you my friend.”

A talented and skilled landscape architect, full of spirit and determination. He was always generous with his time, with his support and with his friendship. He was a great mentor to many young landscape architects and always looked for the best in everyone.

George will forever remain a part of the Tract legacy.
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