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Molly Stranahan

George Stranahan

November 05, 1931 - May 20, 2021

George thought the best way to memorialize someone is to do something meaningful with your time. We are respecting his wishes not to have a memorial gathering, so we created this page on GatheringUs to share stories and pictures and remember the many-faceted being we knew as George Stranahan. Please share...  see more

OBITUARY
George was an extraordinary person who influenced many lives. We look forward to enriching our understanding of him by collecting your perspectives of him. It will take all of us sharing how we knew him, what he meant to us, how he changed our lives, and our favorite stories to understand this many-faceted man. You are invited to contribute here.  You can read about him in the articles we'll post, see him talk about his life and work...  see more
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  • Jonathan H.  Harsch
  • Connie Fisher
  • Mary Sobecki
  • Skye Skinner
    Where to begin articulating my feelings about George, the chapter of his story that we wrote together, the indelible mark that he left on my life? These questions have been percolating since his death, mingled with grief, as well as empathy for Patti,...  more
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    • Skye Skinner
      Molly Stranahan Skye, thank you so much for this beautiful tribute. It led to a lovely little cry. While I knew of your years of being a "team," I so appreciate knowing more of the story from your perspective. Wishing you continued inspiration and faith in yourself.
      • July 10, 2021
    • Skye Skinner
      Sheri Gaynor Skye this is such a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing this. I am so blessed to know both of you. Each of you has left important legacies and marks on our Valley. I know he'd be very proud of what you just accomplished. I know I am. xo Sheri
      • July 10, 2021
  • Liz Meador
    His vision of Main Street, a place where art and science and kids and adults learned and tinkered, engaged me. We wrote letters to each other in the 90's when I left ACS for graduate school, worked together on the Roaring Fork Teacher Education Project,...  more
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    • Liz Meador
      Molly Stranahan Liz, thank you for writing this. You were an important collaborator in my father's life. While he was disappointed that the Teacher Education Project didn't continue, it was a good experiment.
      • July 10, 2021
  • Lynn Burnes
    The world will certainly be a bit dimmer without the light of George in it. He was an extraordinary person, like so many in his family. I will always remember his humor, his kindness, and his compassion for others. Even in the midst of the most serious...  more
  • Sheri  Gaynor
    Thank you Molly for inviting me to share the post I wrote about George. I feel blessed to have been able to call George a friend. Here's the post I put up on FB.

    A Tribute to George Stranahan.
    May 21, 2021

    I received a text this morning with this...  more
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    • Sheri  Gaynor
      Molly Stranahan Sheri, thank you for posting your thoughtful tribute here. Your stories illustrate my father so well, you bring him to life in my mind and heart.
      • July 10, 2021
    • Sheri  Gaynor
      Sheri Gaynor You are so welcome Molly. I hope these beautiful stories are supporting your heart and your grief process. ~ Sheri
      • July 10, 2021
  • Sheri  Gaynor
  • Mark Scott
    I think I met George a few times when I worked as a grant proposal writer at Rocky Mountain Institute (1998–2001), but we only spoke once. We were walking somewhere outside, after or before some event, near Woody Creek Tavern, it seems to me. I was...  more
  • Molly Stranahan
    The New York Times wrote an obituary. I think he would be pleased that he received that recognition. The fact that I see so many things it missed about him makes me realize that one person's perspective can't capture the complexities of a human being. ...  more
  • Lydia McIntyre
    • Lydia McIntyre
      Lydia McIntyre We love our friends Patti & George! Always ready for the next adventure. Here they are on Chesapeake Bay getting ready for a vigorous game of Croquet! Such fond memories. We are grateful to have so many
      • June 20, 2021
    • Lydia McIntyre
      Molly Stranahan You four took so many trips together! Can you name all the places you went?
      • June 21, 2021
  • Greg Poschman
    George made such an impression every time I saw him. The first time was when I was at Aspen high school science class and he was the first guest lecturer in physics. He talked about the science of cloud seeding during our mid 70s drought. I chose...  more
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    • Greg Poschman
      Molly Stranahan Thank you for that wonderful video, Greg. I loved seeing it at his induction into the Hall of Fame, and it means even more to watch it again and hear his voice, and "see" him. You do wonderful work!
      • June 21, 2021
  • Deb Jones
  • Jill Steindler
  • Cindy Sichel
    George made a big influence on me here at Aspen Community School.
    He often quoted the saying that students will remember how you treated them long after they forgot what you taught them. His genuine respect for children was contagious. He showed me how...  more
  • knitting well
    Thanks to George and all of you that surrounded him. He was one of the most influential people on my work with education and families, prodding me to become thoughtful, curious, compassionate, scientific, and inclusive in all things. I have passed that...  more
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    • knitting well
      Molly Stranahan So true! He let go well. I love your list, and think he would too - "thoughtful, curious, compassionate, scientific, and inclusive." I think his definition would be to not accept assumptions, to do experiments to see what you find is true.
      • June 21, 2021
  • Frank Sanchez
    My sincerest condolences to Patti and Stranahan Family. George is one of a kind. A legend who never wavered in his commitment to Social Justice. He stood with the excluded and marginalized. George relished Good Trouble. Always challenging the status quo...  more
  • Molly Stranahan
    There is another book too, which never made it into a distribution system. Dad just gave copies away. It is called Social Justice. More photos and musings, ending with, "Be kind, this you know how to do, and try to be fair."
  • Heather Gallant
    Love seeing these photos and reading about George's incredible and full life. Here are a few photos from the files "back home." Thinking of you and your family, from the whole crew at The 577 Foundation.
  • Patti Stranahan
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  • Patti Stranahan
    Patti Stranahan added 5 photo(s) to the memorial George Stranahan:
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    Patti Stranahan added 5 photo(s) to the memorial George Stranahan:
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  • Patti Stranahan
  • Frances  Parry
  • Karl Stauber
    George was one of a kind in my life. A brilliant man who planned carefully and acted with passion. When plans didn't work out, he learned and moved on, never blaming. While born in privilege, his greatest admiration was for the fighters who challenged...  more
  • Marsha Juozaitis
  • Mari Bell
  • Stuart Stranahan
    The Nepal photos are of a "morning-after" one of the wildest parties that I've ever been too! Those poor Lang Tang villagers never knew what they were in for!
  • Stuart Stranahan
    Stuart Stranahan added 2 photo(s) to the memorial George Stranahan:
  • Stuart Stranahan
    Dad and I were out of town when we heard his house had burned down. He was really only worried about two things; had the insurance premium been received on time, and had the dark room, and all his photographic archives, survived the fire. They did.
    • Jill Steindler and Mark Scott reacted on this.
    • Stuart Stranahan
      Molly Stranahan I remembered he worried about his album collection a little too - he guessed there were some that were irreplaceable, like Leadbelly. I don't recall whether they melted.
      • May 26, 2021
  • Tim Murray
  • Molly Stranahan
    Op-ed by the Josh, Frieman, president of the Aspen Center for Physics
    Guest commentary: Honoring  Stranahan’s passion for creating Asp
  • Emily Jurick
  • Betsy Stueber
  • Molly Stranahan
    Letter to the editor in the Aspen Daily News:

    Editor:

    The board of directors of the Aspen Science Center mourns the passing of our founder and longtime director George Stranahan and offers Patti and their extended family our heart-felt...  more
    Stranahan will remembered
  • Bobbi Powers
  • Nikki Beinstein
  • Stuart Stranahan
    Stuart Stranahan added 1 photo(s) to the memorial George Stranahan:
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    • Stuart Stranahan
      Molly Stranahan What year was that, Stu? And what is the mountain in the background? Were there 3 or 4 trips to Nepal? 1970? 1978, 1983
      • May 25, 2021
  • Diana Liverman
  • Molly Stranahan
    Molly Stranahan added 2 photo(s) to the memorial George Stranahan:
    1938
    The Artist as a Young Man
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