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May 14, 2018      4:13 PM

HK: Remembering Bobby Gierisch

A man in the public policy arena who made a profound contribution without ever uttering a harsh word and a leaving with a smile

Despite political differences, this community is bound together by wonderful souls who deserve mention when they pass. Their presence uplifted all who came in contact.

So, it is with great sadness that we note the passing of Bobby Gierisch, a man in the public policy arena who made a profound contribution without ever uttering a harsh word and a leaving with a smile.

Gierisch started at the Railroad Commission in 1979 but most of us knew him during his time during his decade as Director of Research and Policy for Speaker Pete Laney.  His passion was rural affairs and founded the NCSL Task Force on Rural Development. He ended his career as a director of State Policy Programs at the Rural Policy Research Institute.

As befits a man who brought so much to the table, his bio notes that he taught at the Univeristy of Zurich, Switzerland and worked on his family farm in central Texas.

Details of the family and friends gathering at the Farm in Mason County can be found on Caring Bridge. For those of us in Austin who wish to celebrate his life, there will be a gathering at Mandola’s in the Triangle, Wednesday, May 16, from 4-7.

By Harvey Kronberg

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