"With the passing of someone like Geraldine, I have lost a great light in my life, the Bay Area has lost a light, the world of real estate investment has lost a light...and the world has lost a light." Ger’s transition away from SJREI was just as seamless and strategic as everything else she did. On New Year’s Eve, 2014, Ger called me up and declared, “I’ve decided to sell my club and magazine do you know anyone who wants to buy it?”. I said I didn’t know of anyone...off the top of my head. As our call ended, however, I heard a voice inside my head say, “Yes...you know someone. You do.” I pondered for just a moment and called her back. I said, “Ger, I think I want to buy it. I don’t know how but I am interested.” She said “great, we’ll figure it out after the holidays!”...and figure it out we did! By March 2015, the deal was sealed and Geraldine was excited to have a respite to explore other passions in her life. She could see that she had created a strong community of investors with SJREI, and that this community would continue to shine bright in the Bay Area for many decades to come. I truly consider it the greatest honor and privilege that Ger tapped me to pick up where she left off. All too often, those of us who roll up our sleeves and commit fully to our professional lives find our personal lives lacking: this was not the case for Ger. An inspirational mother, Ger loved her children with the same intensity she brought to her work. She filled her children’s lives with enrichment, opportunity, love...and was also not afraid to make the hard decisions to ensure the best outcomes for them. She took the greatest pride in their accomplishments over the years, and was always bubbling with joy about what they had done, were doing, and were planning to do. She was also the friend who always was available to anyone in pain or in need: she would open her house, bring them in, and give them a hug. When you 87 were lucky enough to be a friend of Ger’s, you got regular ‘friend therapy’ sessions out on her back deck served up alongside a glass of wine. Maybe one of the secrets to her success in her professional and personal lives was that for Ger, the two weren’t mutually exclusive. A brilliant woman, she was always thinking and strategizing and this just couldn’t be turned off. Sharing wine with friends, for example, could lead to forging connections that would benefit someone she knew. SJREI meetings and events were also opportunities for her children: she put them to work and made them responsible for various tasks, I was inspired how she instilled in them, at a young age, the value of their time and brainpower.