Grand County lost a great man in George Engel
September 11, 2008
To the Editor:
Grand County recently lost a great man. George Engel died recently after many years of service to the community. I only got to know George near the end of his life, but I actually “knew” him for much of my life.
George started the Winter Park ski school and the Eskimo Ski Club. I grew up in Wheat Ridge, and the Eskimo Ski Club was the only way I could afford to learn to ski.
Later, in 1979, as a Family Medicine Resident, I skied free during Mary Jane’s first year by signing on as the doctor of the day. George’s foresight in creating the opportunity for me and countless other kids has served the Valley well.
When we returned to Colorado in 1994, Lindy and I started coming back to Winter Park to ski and to play golf at Pole Creek. As a founding member of the Recreation District, he is responsible for creating the golf course as another great community asset that has reaped rewards over the years. One day we were rained out and ended up buying property here. Thus began the progression to our being full-time here in Fraser. Thus as George’s doctor these last few months, I was brought full circle to knowing George and Joyce in person. I enjoyed his kindness and the smile he always wore.
George worked to improve the community. I doubt that my contributions to the Valley will ever be as great as those George and Joyce have made over the past 63 years, but it gives me a target to shoot for.
Jim Kennedy, MD