Glass Half Full: A brief tribute to Byron Gehring
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — I did not know Byron Gehring well. In fact, I heard a great deal about him before I ever met him — all of it good. Byron was deeply and passionately involved in the community (LTS and Incline) and similarly dedicated to education. Lake Tahoe School and the Incline schools are both indebted to Byron and Jasna for their generosity and commitment.
As most of you are aware, we lost Byron April 1st, following a bicycle accident. It is hard to imagine Incline Village without him. Yet, while he is gone, he will long remain a part of us in the work he did, in the wonderful stories he generated, and in the living legacies of his wife, Jasna, and his children, Mitch and Misha, both Lake Tahoe School graduates.
My father likes to end his dinner blessings by saying, “Help us to live while we are yet alive.” Byron definitely knew how to celebrate life. I know he was proud of the vibrant, learning community and energetic souls that fill our school.
As we head off in many directions for spring break, may we all remember to live while we are yet alive and to celebrate our ability to do so.
Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at http://www.laketahoeschool.org.