Gene died Dec. 7, 2017, in Denver, Colo., in hospice after battling cancer for more than a decade.
During the Korean War he entered the Air Force, and was trained in Russian intelligence at Syracuse University. Tennis was his lifelong hobby, and he won the Air Force championship in 1953.
After the war he earned a law degree at John Marshall Law School and went to work for the Illinois Department of Revenue. In 1955 he married his beloved wife, Billie, and she was able to keep him in good health to play competitive tennis while mothering two sons and a daughter. He served as president of the Colorado Tennis Association and as a board member of the United States Tennis Association.
In 1970 Gene moved to Boulder, Colo., to work for the new multistate Tax Commission, then in 1989 to Sacramento to join Ernst & Young as a state tax consultant. During this time he climbed the ladder of the USTA’s Intermountain Section. As a nationally ranked player he was able to continue on the circuit until cancer got the best of him. In his later life he was still able to enjoy the nearby presence of his four granddaughters.
The class is joined in its memory of Gene’s contribution to national tennis competition and his devotion to his Princeton connections.