Lasting Memories

H. George Resch
Nov. 21, 1934-Dec. 12, 2012
Menlo Park, California

H. George Resch, born in Neenah, Wisconsin, in 1934, died peacefully in his sleep at his apartment in Menlo Park, California, December 12, 2012.

He attended parochial school in his native state and graduated from Lawrence College in 1960; among his professors there were the eminent philosopher Herbert Spiegelberg and the historian M.M. Bober.

George then enrolled in the History Department of Indiana University as a graduate student. While there, he assisted the Pulitzer Prize winner R. Carlyle Buley in a seminar on Pearl Harbor.

From an early age, George displayed a remarkable intelligence and memory; and his lifetime of close reading gave him an inexhaustible store of learning that impressed all his friends and acquaintances. He put his intellectual gifts at the service of the libertarian movement, to which he was devoted from the late 1950s. He assisted F.A Harper in founding the Institute for Humane Studies and worked for the William Volker Fund. In 1959, he became acquainted with the American economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard, who thereafter influenced his political and economic views more than anyone else. George soon joined Rothbard’s inner circle and remained a lifelong friend. George was also a friend and associate of Congressman Ron Paul.

George worked for the Banta Printing Company and also served as Research Director of the Howard Ruff organization; but for the greater part of his career he was associated with Camino Coins, founded by his close friend Burt Blumert.

George will be dearly missed by his many friends. His precise manner of speech, frequently enlivened by his dry wit, was unforgettable to anyone who heard it. His manifest sympathy and affection for people went far beyond the ordinary.

He was unmarried and is survived by a brother and two nieces. A sister predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m. at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA. Please RSVP by February 15 to bfakkema@eventsetc.com if you plan to attend.

Tax-deductible donations in George's memory can go to the Mises Institute, 518 W Magnolia, Auburn, AL 36832 | https://mises.org/forms/Donate2013

From Craig Mead
Sept. 14, 2013

I was floored when I learned George had left the planet, moving back to his rightful place among the greatest angels who had ever graced this earth. I was floored again as I learned about his long past inspiring others, both in the Libertarian movement and in developing a coalition of what we call "The Left and The Right" - as Ron Paul described it; where limited government and anti-imperialists and those who support the Constitution and Civil Liberties could all meet, share ideas and common ground, and debate and develop polices in ways most opposing parties today cannot. After reading Ron Paul's Congressional Tribute, I was able to sit back with a bittersweet smile, remembering my own years sitting at George's desk - sometimes for hours when time allowed - though his phone was often busy all the way to the last time I saw him. I'd sit there learning, laughing, listening, soaking in such a great, wise, gentle soul and as I read Ron Paul's Congressional Tribute, I was floored again that a great mind such as Ron Paul had been so deeply touched in so many ways by George as well. I never knew... I cannot fully describe what it was like to be with George any more eloquently than Ron Paul has now done, but I can confirm George treated everyone - even rough-neck sailors like me - with the upmost brotherly/family style respect, as he'd invite you to the desk, we'd swap a bit of chocolate I'd bring for the gals in the office and even if his phone was busy as it usually was, I'd try to stay for as long as possible, knowing after a call he'd be right back to the most gentle common sense and quiet humor that taught you things without formally teaching, made you laugh without a formal joke, made you think in new ways without pressing you to strain a brain; it was the most subtle, intuitive and highly effective manner I think I have ever seen in one man. I remember once when a friend sat with George and my friend, a wise old construction worker who had counted his pennies, had a million dollar home completely paid off. We were discussing converting a mortgage on the property into gold and silver - sound money - which George always said wasn't to be confused with speculation or investing. You don't buy gold and silver like a day trader: You buy it because it represents real money and protects against most of the ills of fiat currencies. George laughed at the idea of taking out a mortgage on a paid-off property to buy precious metals; saying "Real estate without any burden or risk from a loan is a wonderful asset in and of itself. Why would you put the property at risk simply to trade one good asset of equal value for another? You don't buy gold and silver coins to speculate, nor should you put your free and clear property at risk. Rather if you are holding a lot of fiat currencies, then you might consider moving them to a safer vehicle (sic) like gold or silver coins." George was sitting in a position to easily make $20,000 - $50,000 or more if my friend had moved forward with his idea of getting a mortgage and buying bullion, but as successful as George was, it was never at the expense of his friends, his customers, his honest wisdom, his fiscal prudence or his granite bedrock of integrity. Ron Paul said he never had a better business partner than George: believe it. We talked a lot about sailing and the direction of the nation today, about the future of the young burdened with enormous debt, about the sharp divisions in politics that have led to an inept and ineffective Congress and ballooning national debt with a falling standard of living and a rapid destruction of the middle class. A nation's health and vitality can be easily gauged by the strength of its middle class and according to what I learned from George, our nation has some major fixing up to do and our politicians have some fence mending to do on both sides of the aisle. We seem to be thin on Constitutionalists and Civil Rights and rather thick on loose spenders, corporate socialists and overseas imperialists; policies our Founding Fathers warned us against; trends our current politicians like Ron Paul have reminded us we need to address quickly; and flaws the majority of politicians and dare I say "apathetic, disorganized citizens" seem to be unable or unwilling to correct. I might suggest - as George taught many to do - that if the citizens of this nation wish to organize into an effective body they need to cross and whenever possible, dissolve "party" lines, remembering we are all Americans and we are all subject to the same problems in Washington D.C. and Smalltown, U.S.A. When we put our differences aside and focus on those principles described in the Constitution and by Constitionalists then we are more likely to experience periods of growth and prosperity, as planned and designed by our Founding Fathers when they laid out the blueprint for America 200 years ago. George was more than a "Libertarian" or a "Constitutionalist" or "Wise Teacher" or "Humorous Friend". His laughing eyes and gentle smile will be missed by everyone who knew him and even those - like me - who never knew the depth of his soul, his wisdom and his understanding of life, global politics, economics and even average people like me.

From Michael Hardesty
Feb. 21, 2013

George, I was very shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. I contacted our mutual friend David Gordon to reconcile with him and express my deep gratitude for having known you. You were the first person I met here in California in 1973 and I regret not having been in close touch with you since 1976. I am very moved by the warm tributes here and elsewhere from Ron Paul and many others. I wish I could have been a better friend but our good memories will last forever as will your great impact here on earth. I hope there is a heaven and hope to see you there one day.

From Bob C.
Feb. 20, 2013

George, Your friendship and kindness for over 30 years will always be remembered and the positive way you touched my life and those of my children will not be forgotten. Rest in peace friend.

From Christina Holmes
Feb. 15, 2013

George, you are already sorely missed. Menlo Park was a better place because of you. I will never forget the Christmas Eve Night 2008 that my boys and I saw you at Carpaccios, and we spent a long time talking with you. Jamie always loved to have discussions with you, and I know he really enjoyed your company, as did many people. You were the perfect gentleman,and always had good sound advice and were up for a good debate. You reminded me of the Old Gentleman who was a character in the English movie "The Railway Children". A truly good person, who mastered the art of conversation, along with a great sense of humor. Rest in Peace.

From Janet Misevicz
Feb. 9, 2013

Rest peacefully Uncle George.