The philanthropist Eugene M. Grant of Mamaroneck, N.Y., passed away in April at the age of 99, following a fulfilling and meaningful life. Born Eugene M. Greenberg in Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.C., Gene served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Afterward, he joined his family’s real estate firm, and in 1971 he founded Eugene M. Grant & Co., a real estate and investment firm.
He loved music and kept a piano in his New York office. Fellow enthusiast BAR Editor Emeritus Hershel Shanks and Gene enjoyed playing the piano for each other. Gene was a loyal supporter of many causes, including the Biblical Archaeology Society and its dig scholarship program.
Gene enjoyed exploring archaeology and history in the Middle East with his wife of 68 years, the former Emily Louise Geldsaler of Toronto, Canada. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and three grandchildren.
Gene was a sharp thinker who possessed a warmth and concern for others that endeared him to many. In his later years, he arrived at a three-prong prescription for a good life: “Do something meaningful, be involved in a community, and give love.” He lived by those words.