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Letters: New high school should have bleachers

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

The ‘end of an era’

This letter is an acknowledgment of and tribute to Dr. Robert Gerner, who passed away in Denver on Friday, Oct. 5 from pulmonary complications following an emergency abdominal operation.

Dr. Gerner was a man of courage and foresight who started the surgical program at the Vail Valley Medical Center in 1979. He treated thousands of individuals here regardless of their station in life or their ability to pay. He was a humble surgeon who was truly dedicated to his patients. He was courteous, caring and honest. He was loved and respected by virtually all who knew him.



I first met Bob Gerner when I was a surgical resident at the University of Colorado and he was my attending. I later became his friend and colleague when I moved to Vail. Bob was a country boy from Texas who spent his days in the office drinking black coffee, eating popcorn and Doritos, often taking breaks outside for a cigarette. He cultivated roses. He loved geology and he had a remarkable collection of rocks from all corners of Colorado.

Bob was an avid Rockies fan with great season tickets at Coors Field. He would be proud and ecstatic over the team’s extraordinary performance this year.

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He was a man of simple needs. He was not a great socialite, but it was impossible not to like him. He had no family other than Juanita, his loyal secretary of nearly 30 years.

Bob touched everyone with his sincerity. He had a devoted bedside manner that was unique and unrivaled. He exemplified the altruistic values of the Hippocratic Oath. A letter can’t say enough about the character of Dr. Gerner. His passing is the end of an era here in Vail. I feel blessed and honored to have known him.

In life he was recognized by a few of us. In death he will be missed by many of us. For Bob ” go Rockies.



Frank Manart, M.D.

We want bleachers

I want to remind everyone that there is a school board meeting on Wed. Oct. 17. As parents and citizens of this community we need to make our voices heard.

If you feel that it is important to have an artificial turf field with bleachers at the new high school in Edwards, this would be the meeting to attend.

Let’s build a high school we can be proud of for the 21st century. The Battle Mountain constituency must make its voice heard on this issue. Let’s help guide this process. See you at the meeting on Oct. 17.

David and Kathleen Cope


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