Photograph of Gail Minsky

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

Gail Minsky: Guestbook

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


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    20th January 2006 - 02:55:44 AM    
74 : Cornell Hotel Society - Thai Chapter (chittimas at
CHS Members of the Thai Chapter send our deepest condolences to Mrs. Gail Minsky's family on their tragic loss. She will always be fondly remembered.

From Ms. Chittimas Ketvoravit - President - CHS Thai Chapter and Peter Semone - Vice President - CHS Thai Chapter

    19th January 2006 - 07:57:17 PM    
73 : judy lane (judithlane at
Dear Members of Gail's family,

Although I only met your Mom and Wife a few times, I think she was a dynamic, with it lady. I enjoyed the time I spent with her. I'm sure she was proud of her whole family, but the context within which we were acquainted was Margot and her family. Gail was not the typical Bubbe type grandmother I knew, but she was very proud of her grandchildren and their parents. She, rightly qvelled about her daughter's talents. She also spent much time with Melissa and Sam so Margot could do Hadassah activities with us. She was a wonderful lady who will be missed by many people outside her family as well as by her family members. G-d Bless you all at this time. I truly believe she will watch over you all.

judy lane

    19th January 2006 - 12:41:21 PM    
72 : Jo Lewis (jlewis124 at
I will treasure the time I spent with Gail at the Cornell Christmas Party last month. She looked wonderful and was so happy to be VP of the Hotel Society. She told me about her travels. She and Gary were living the good life. We laughed about the time I was at the Claremont with a friend that Gail had never met. Gail heard my voice and came over and hugged my friend and said, 'So good to see you Jo'. My friend, Bev, and I had never thought we looked alike, but after that we did recognize some similarities, and when some time later someone asked us if we were twins, we said 'Yes.' I worked with Gail on the Cornell Alumni Association Board, and I will always remember her warmth, generosity and kindness. She was a lovely lady.

    19th January 2006 - 11:59:43 AM    
71 : Amy & Gary Francer (afrancer at
Margot and family,

'Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever.'

We were so saddened to learn about the loss of your mom, Gail. You were so lucky to have her in your lives - the memories you have will be treasured for a lifetime and hopefully will help ease your pain. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this very tough time.

Amy & Gary

    18th January 2006 - 05:28:00 PM    
70 : Elaine Swartz (elaineswartz at
Margot - just reading all these wonderful messages about your mom only reinforce my impression of her. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful role model. Sorry I can't be with you at this time. Love, Elaine

    18th January 2006 - 04:28:14 PM    
69 : Joan & William Blacher (bjblacher at
Dear Gail,

You will always be a part of our lives. The fun times the sad times will live with us always. We loved you when you were with us and we will love you always.

Joan and Bill

    18th January 2006 - 03:29:58 PM    
68 : Nancy and Joel Adler (janamba at
We were deeply saddened to hear about Gail's tragic death.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Nancy & Joel Adler (long time friends of Janet & Herb Hodos)

    18th January 2006 - 03:10:45 AM    
67 : Thomas Tritschler (info at
To Gail's Family

Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of the entire German Chapter of the CHS. We were shocked and saddened by the news of her accident. We wish you strength and faith for the coming weeks and months and our thoughts are with you.

Thomas K. Tritschler

German Chapter President

Cornell Hotel Society

    17th January 2006 - 08:05:50 PM    
66 : Todd R. Woosley (Todd at
Dear Family and Friends of Gail,

I'm deeply saddened by the untimely loss of such a wonderful person. Gail, in her role with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, was alway extraordinarily welcoming and helpful. Her wit, intellegence, candor and friendliness was a testiment to her humanity. She set a good example in the life she led. I feel blessed to have known Gail.


Todd R. Woosley

Past President, Cornell Society of Hotelmen, Pacific Northwest Chapter

    17th January 2006 - 07:19:50 PM    
65 : Evan Arkush (crashalmighty at
When I first moved to SF in 1997 Gary and particularly Gail were very kind to me. I was in the hotel industry at the time; Gail had some helpful information and connections which got me started. The two of them hosted me for dinner and Gail would meet me for coffee in the afternoons when I didn't know many people in the city. I haven't spent much time with Gail and Gary in the last several years but occassionally Gail would email me to say hi and see how I was doing.

She always made me feel like I had family out here right from the start.

I will never forget how kind and generous Gail was, and I am very sad to hear that she is now gone.

    17th January 2006 - 06:31:14 PM    
64 : Peni Kraus (pskraus0716 at
Dearest Margot and Family,

Remember that you Mother and Grandmother will always be in your thoughts for the many years to come.For memories help us console each other in times of tragedy.

I remember your Mom,Gail at our Ice Cream and Pizza Party in Franklin. I thought she was a wonderful, thoughtful person to share her vacation time with the parents and kiddos of Hadassah. She will truely be missed by all who knew her best!

Our thoughts are with you in this most trying time.


Peni,Steve,Jennifer and Kyle Kraus

Charles River Hadassah,Past President

    17th January 2006 - 04:09:10 PM    
63 : Linda Turnidge (LTurnidge at
I'm very sorry to hear of her sudden death. My condolences to Gary and the rest of the family. I will have our many fond memories from the Oregon and San Francisco chapter events that she attended.


Linda Turnidge

    17th January 2006 - 03:14:15 PM    
62 : Tina (Ross) Springer-Miller (tspringerm at
To Gary, Chip, Margot and their families,

I am so saddened and shocked to hear of Gail's death. While I have not talked to her in some number of years I have continued to feel close to her all these years everytime I read of her cornell activies in the Bulletin, or spoke to someone who had seen her. I have so many memories of shared times with her at Cornell. She helped me through some difficult times, just listening and reassuring. We also shared some great times in San Francisco. My best times in that city were with Gail. My first trip to San Francisco I spent a week with her sleeping on her couch, and being led to all these great restaurants and neighborhoods. We even went to a 49ers game together and had a blast, giggling when we realized that the comp tickets we had lucked into were in the Giants press box.

Her voice and her laugh stay with me as if I had just talked to her.

My heart aches for you all.

Tina (Ross) Springer-Miller

    17th January 2006 - 01:46:08 PM    
61 : Lisa Securo & Ross Brown (lisasecuro at
Our very deepest sympathies. We fondly remember Gail from many events at Margot and Michael's home. She was such an interesting and lively soul. Our thoughts are with you all.

Lisa, Ross, Tobin & Avery

    17th January 2006 - 01:16:02 PM    
60 : Nancy Wilson (nmc3 at
My heartfelt condolences to Gail's family. Gail was the consummate Hotelie; so warm and gracious to all. She was a dedicated servant to Cornell for all the years I knew her. It was my privilege to know Gail and she will be greatly missed.

Nancy Wilson

    17th January 2006 - 11:33:10 AM    
59 : james and Mei Mann (jmann at
To Gary and family:

Mei and I are deeply saddened with the news of Gail's passing. We wish to extend our condolences to you and all family members at this difficult time. Gail was a true advocate for everything the Hotel School stood for. She will be sorely missed.

Jim and Mei Mann

    17th January 2006 - 11:31:18 AM    
58 : Christine Natsios (cdn24 at
To Gail's Family: Gail's passing is a huge loss to the Cornell Hotel School family and to the Cornell Hotel Society. Gail did so much over the years for the Society as a Chapter President, a Regional Vice President, and recently as the new 2nd Vice President of the Society's Executive Committee. In two years, she would have been President of the Society, traveling to visit alumni in chapters all over the world, and leading one of the world's best networking organizations. Our last conference call meeting was the morning of her tragic accident. It was only 7:00am in San Francisco, and Gail was brewing coffee and having her first cup as we spoke. We would tease her that we could smell the coffee all the way to the East Coast. We were devasted to hear that she had been so cruelly taken from you and all of us just hours later.

Gail was at Cornell the same time I was. While she was an older Graduate student, I was an older Undergraduate student at age 29-32. Fortunately, some of the faculty recognized my age, and often allowed me to take Graduate level classes in the Hotel School so that I could be among my peers. Gail was in some of those classes.

More recently, when I came to Cornell to be the Alumni Affairs Director in 2005, I reconnected with Gail on several occasions. In June, 2005, I came to San Francisco for a CHS event, and had a wonderful lunch with Gail, Louis and Jon Kimball at the Westin St. Francis. Then, this past November, when Gail travelled to New York for the annual Hotel Show, Gail, Professor Dina Zemke '85 and I, had dinner at Smith and Wollenski following the CHS reception. We had a lovely evening and spent time learning about Gail's interesting career as a mystery shopper. She was very much looking forward to being the 2nd vice president of the Society and took the position seriously. When the Executive Committee was searching for candidates for the position, Gail was an automatic shoe-in. Her years of hard work, support, and successful initiatives in her leadership roles stood out so clearly that we knew she was the perfect person to eventually become President of the Society.

We will all miss Gail, and know she would have continued to give of her time and energy to the School she loved. Thank you for saring her with us! Please accept my condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Christine Natsios '85

Director of Alumni Affairs

School of Hotel Administration

Cornell University

174 Statler Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

    17th January 2006 - 10:57:51 AM    
57 : Maui Meyer (maui at

Jan and I send our Deepest Condolences. Gail will be missed, and so will the many, many dinners, and her tireless efforts for CHS.

Maui and Janellen Meyer.

    17th January 2006 - 10:03:58 AM    
56 : Jay Marsden (jay.marsden at

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Jay and Kim Marsden

    17th January 2006 - 08:33:02 AM    
55 : Beth Anderson (bbanderson at

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. May you find peace and solace during this difficult time.

I will always remember your mother as vivacious, kind and full of laughter, qualities that were most definitely handed directly down to you from her. To carry on your mother's spirit, may you find the courage to continue to live with such joy, a quality that is eminently worthy.

My love and thoughts are with you and your family.

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