In memory of
Guy Joseph De Genaro
In memory of
Guy Joseph De Genaro
De Genaro, Guy Joseph Guy Joseph De Genaro, a glider pilot on D-Day, professor emeritus of management at Virginia Commonwealth University and retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, died Feb. 13 in Richmond. He was 99. A 1939 graduate of Commercial High School in New Haven, De Genaro enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday, Nov. 20, 1939. He volunteered for an unspecified "dangerous mission" that turned out to be glider pilot training and flew troop-carrying gliders on three major airborne assault landings during World War II: Normandy on D-Day, in Holland and in Germany. For his service in Europe, he was awarded many medals and the French Legion of Honor in 2016. De Genaro, who served in the Air Force for more than 26 years, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He retired from the Air Force in 1968 and began a second career in academia, earning a Ph.D. in economics and business administration from the University of Florida in 1971. After teaching at VCU for 26 years, he founded Commonwealth Management Consultants. In 1948, he married Jennie Marie Jennings of Avery, Tex., who died in 2014. Their daughter Marsha De Genaro Mercer, lives in Alexandria, Va. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Sarasota, Fla., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Madeline De Genaro of Hamden, his sister Mary Leadbetter, and brothers Val, August, Fred, George and Eugene. De Genaro will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia War Memorial or a charity of one's choice.
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In memory of
Guy Joseph De Genaro
De Genaro, Guy Joseph Guy Joseph De Genaro, a glider pilot on D-Day, professor emeritus of management at Virginia Commonwealth University and retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, died Feb. 13 in Richmond. He was 99. A 1939 graduate of Commercial High School in New Haven, De Genaro enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday, Nov. 20, 1939. He volunteered for an unspecified "dangerous mission" that turned out to be glider pilot training and flew troop-carrying gliders on three major airborne assault landings during World War II: Normandy on D-Day, in Holland and in Germany. For his service in Europe, he was awarded many medals and the French Legion of Honor in 2016. De Genaro, who served in the Air Force for more than 26 years, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He retired from the Air Force in 1968 and began a second career in academia, earning a Ph.D. in economics and business administration from the University of Florida in 1971. After teaching at VCU for 26 years, he founded Commonwealth Management Consultants. In 1948, he married Jennie Marie Jennings of Avery, Tex., who died in 2014. Their daughter Marsha De Genaro Mercer, lives in Alexandria, Va. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Sarasota, Fla., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Madeline De Genaro of Hamden, his sister Mary Leadbetter, and brothers Val, August, Fred, George and Eugene. De Genaro will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia War Memorial or a charity of one's choice.
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