Photograph of Gail Minsky

At the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Gail Minsky: Guestbook

The guestbook is now closed.

Thanks to everybody who visited and helped us create this moving tribute to Gail Minsky.


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    17th January 2006 - 03:58:35 AM    
54 : Shane and Jill Hayes (jekunitz at
Our deepest condolences to Gary and family. We have such wonderful memories of Gail from CHS events and we always looked forward to seeing her to share travel stories and laughter. Gail had a knack of making everyone feel welcome and we will truly miss her.

Shane and Jill (Kunitz) Hayes '96

    17th January 2006 - 03:56:06 AM    
53 : Rajan Lai MPS '84 (rajan.lai at
I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the tragic demise of Gail. She was a good friend and a great inspiration to me while at Cornell, and a tireless ambassador for the Hotel School. Though I did not have the opportunity to stay in contact with Gail over the course of the last few years, I remember a wonderful lunch we had together in New York when we reminisced about our days in school. I will always cherish her memory and her great love of life. My condolences and prayers go out to her family in this time of grief.

Rajan Lai

    17th January 2006 - 02:22:10 AM    
52 : Simon Milton (MPS 1985) (simon at
I wanted to record my sadness at the news of the loss of Gail. Although it has been many, many years since I last saw Gail, I will always remember the joy and vibrancy of her personality as an MPS classmate. Shortly after graduation, Gail and her daughter were travelling through Europe and I was delighted to be able to host them at our family home here in London for a short part of their trip. I have enjoyed reading about her activities with the Hotel School alumni in more recent years. My thoughts are with Gary who I also remember and her family. I wish them a long life.

Simon Milton

    17th January 2006 - 01:02:54 AM    
51 : Tai Mattox (tairea at
My sincere condolences and prayers for peace and comfort are extended to Gail's family. From Cornell Hotel School events that I saw her at in Seattle and San Francisco, Gail was always there as hospitality personified. She will be missed, though I celebrate her wonderful memory.

Tai Mattox

Cornell '97

    17th January 2006 - 12:06:16 AM    
50 : Peter Penev '03 & Deja Goldstein '03 (drg23 at
Gail was such a beautiful, kind and loving woman. She was always very welcoming at CHS events and cared enough about the attendees to remember the small details about everyone to make them feel special in her presence. Her dedication and hotelie charm will be missed.

Warm wishes to her family and dearest friends during this difficult time.

    16th January 2006 - 10:04:27 PM    
49 : Lysle R. Waterman
I met Gail and Gary as a member of CHS in San Francisco. Gail was always very kind, gracious, enthusiastic and friendly at CHS events. She was a dedicated Cornell alumna and a nice friend. I will miss her, and I send my sincere condolences to Gary and Gail's family. Lysle R. Waterman '81, MPS (H.Ad.) '87.

    16th January 2006 - 10:02:46 PM    
48 : Les Abercrombie III (laberc at
My deepest condolences to Gary and the family. I had the pleasure of sharing fine food, wine and company with Gail and Gary in San Francisco when I lived there in the 90's. Ever the tireless ambassador of Cornell, she touched many lives including mine. I'll miss her hearty laugh, warm smile and will ever remember her hospitality.

Les Abercrombie MPS 83

    16th January 2006 - 09:32:58 PM    
47 : Emilio Melendres '99 (esm10 at
My deepest sympathy to the family of Gail. Gail was the constant in every hotelie event I've attended in the bay area. I will truly miss her.

    16th January 2006 - 08:39:58 PM    
46 : George A. Comitos (george at

I am a fellow Hotelie, and Easterner that now lives in San Francisco, CA. I moved out here in 1999, alone (all my family lives in the East).

Gary and Gail gave me a ride to a Cornell Hotel function in Napa Valley one day. On the winding road through the beautiful wine fields, I can remember Gail comforting me, and assuring me that Northern California was a beautiful place to live. She said the only drawback she had to living in San Francisco was that her family (outside of Gary) was living in Massachusetts. So I can assure you, her family members, that she remembered, loved, and missed you deep inside. For her to tell an almost-stranger this, you know this is how she really felt.

I'll miss Gail's smile and humor in most things. But I also know she's living in an even better place now, so I am happy for her.

    16th January 2006 - 07:37:42 PM    
45 : Judy Bender (Grassi) (mbender2 at
I was very sad to hear the news about Gail. She was such a wonderful spirit and always an inspiration at school. She will always live in my memories of the fun times that we had at Cornell. My deepest sympathies to her family. Judy Bender (Grassi)

    16th January 2006 - 07:24:42 PM    
44 : michael fishbin (michael.fishbin at
This message has shocked and saddened me. I had lunch with Gail in New York just last month after not having seen her for several years.We picked up like we had seen each other the other day. We planned to reunite in Los Angeles later this month at the Cornell reception. Gail was so warm and I will always remember her great sense of humor, passion for life and goodness. My condolences to Gary, Margot and Chip. She was one of a kind. An amazing classmate back at Cornell..I remember when she left Margot a message once when she came to visit that said 'look for Michael' and Margot thought it said 'cook for Michael'! Gail was the coolest back then. A few years later,she and Gary got so lost coming to my wedding but persevered and arrived for the final hora!I am thankful for the memories. We will miss her so much. Love, Michael Fishbin

    16th January 2006 - 06:53:50 PM    
43 : Jeanne Sander (ebs17 at
What a shame to loose Gail just as she was starting up the leadership ladder of the Cornell Hotel Society. Her work and dedication to Society activities on the west coast have been so reliable over the past years we were all looking forward to her enthusiam at the national and international level. Her shoes will be hard to fill!

Jeanne Sander

2004 President, Cornell Hotel Society

    16th January 2006 - 06:35:47 PM    
42 : Tony and Trish Hawthorne (Hawtone at
Our herarts go out and our prayers are with Gary, Margot, Chip, and Herb, and their families. Gail was a wonderful woman and we always enjoyed seeing her when Herb and Janet visited the Bay Area. We will miss her.

    16th January 2006 - 06:29:10 PM    
41 : Dave & Sandie Butler (sandieb at
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and the Minsky family. Gail was always so gracious to us and it was a pleasure having the opportunity to meet and get to know her and Gary. We will always remeber her smile and warmth. She will be missed by many, but her spirit will live on in our hearts.

Our deepest sympathy.

Dave and Sandie Butler

    16th January 2006 - 06:11:38 PM    
40 : Cathy CarneyHenning (chenning at
Gary and family, I send you my deepest sympathy. I am very glad, Gary, that I saw the two of you in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. I love the picture of Gail in the Tea Garden. She was a terrific person, her dedication and enthusiasm were unmatched. On top of that, she had health challenges that she fought bravely,quietly and successfully...serving right there (again)as a magnificent example of character at its best. God bless your family as you deal with this unexpected tragedy, we share in your loss and have you in our prayers, Love, Cathy and John Henning

    16th January 2006 - 05:42:32 PM    
39 : Ed Mihm '57 (emihm at
I have known Gail and Gary for many years through the CHS here in San Francisco. Recently, we ran into them at a store and I asked Gail if she could knew of a non-hotelie job referral for a friend in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter she emailed me several names and addresses. That was typical of the giving person she was. We send our deep sympathy to Gary and her family. Hopefully the wonderful rememberences and messages in this guestbook will comfort you.

Ed and Peggy Mihm

    16th January 2006 - 05:35:46 PM    
38 : Wendy Kheel MPS '84 (wendy.kheel at
I am so saddened to learn of Gail's passing. She and I were classmates at Cornell and met again through various Western Region Cornell events. She was always such a pleasure to talk with and had such great interest in people and the world around her. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to Gary and her family.

Wendy Kheel

Cornell MPS '84

    16th January 2006 - 04:48:15 PM    
37 : Anne Vogt (vogt3 at
We are saddened to learn of Gail's passing, and even more saddened that CHS has lost a true 'hotelie'. We all looked forward to reading about Gail's activities. All of us could take lessons regarding the loyalty Gail gave to Cornell. Gail and I were the 'mothers' at the Hotel School in the early 80s. I thougt she was younger than I but it seems we were the same age.

To Gail's family and friends: May the peace of the Lord be with you in this tragic time. Sincerely, Anne Vogt

    16th January 2006 - 04:20:07 PM    
36 : Duane Garrett (duane_garrett at
My deepest sympathy to all of you at this time.

    16th January 2006 - 04:17:30 PM    
35 : jim lipshires (jim62327 at
to all of gail's family (nuclear and extended) you have lost a dear loving and beloved member. the rest of the world has lost a dear and lovig friend. she will remain in my heart for a long, long time. my condolences to all. sincerely, jim

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