George A. Gentner, Jr., born June 3, 1952, youngest son of George and Mariel Gentner of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully in Melbourne, Australia on July 12, 2020. George is survived by his daughters Megan and Sarah, Megan’s husband Josh, his grandchildren Oliver and Hazel, his sister Kathy, sister-in-law Myra and brother Brian. He has several nieces and nephews as well.
George resided in Melbourne for nearly 30 years and enjoyed dual citizenship. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, as a medical corpsman, George attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and graduated from its landscape architect college. His first job was working with Fred Lang, the father of Orange County landscape architecture, and Ken Wood in Laguna Beach. He later joined RJM, another local landscape architecture firm. After moving to Australia, he worked for Tract Consultants and took great pleasure in working on many complex urban and municipal projects in Melbourne. He returned to the States where his daughter Sarah attended high school at Corona del Mar High and went back to work with his colleagues at RJM. Upon his return to Melbourne, George rejoined Tract, and eventually opened a Tract office in Adelaide, working on the award-winning Royal Adelaide Hospital as the Senior Principal. His colleagues agree that George was the consummate landscape architect and during the past several years he took great pleasure in mentoring many young professionals.
George was a dedicated and caring father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and he has left his many friends and associates with wonderful memories of his good humour, his kindness to others and his steadfast friendship. George will be dearly missed.