- March 30, 1921 - June 13, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of Gerald's Passing
- For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr., Austin, TX 78757.
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“Just today, I tried to find contact info for Jerry because I was refiling lessons he taught me - how to lead an innovative program like the Science...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: John Friedrick - Bethel Park, PA
“Jerry became my Dad when he married my mother. I was about 12 and had lost my biological father when I was a child so Jerry is the only Dad I have...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Michelle O'Rear
“June 16, 2012
June and Jerry, two of the most outstanding Christians I have ever known. You epitomize the love of Jesus in everything you do. Jerry...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Helen and Charles Lenkerd
“June 30, 2012
Jerry was a special friend who will be lovingly missed! We are thankful to have know him in our lifetime and look forward to that...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jan and Bob Barr
“July 09, 2012
June, I am thinking of you and Jerry and our many meals together at WHCC. You were an angel of light in his life, and I so enjoyed...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Young
“July 11, 2012
Jerry was one-of-a kind. Among his many good qualities, Jerry was helpful, energetic, and extremely intelligent. Just to single out...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Janis Russell
“July 12, 2012
I have many fond memories of the Barr family and the Briney's getting together for games, and of course, always amazing food! Thank...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Melanie Barr
“Two of my dearest friends -- Jerry and June! I especially remember one time when I visited them in Texas, along with a couple of friends. What a...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Helen Lenkerd - Decatur, GA
“June, I just heard from Helen. I hadn't heard from you in a long time and knew it was a difficult spell for you, having been through same myself....Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: harriet kelley - Dallas, TX
“I met June 1st, at a critical time in my life, both personally and spiritually, and, not surprisingly, June became my chief cheerleader, encouraging...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Jan Skaggs - Austin, TX
“My indelible memories of Jerry are inextricably intertwined with June and their beautiful relationship. His remarkable generosity in helping others...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret N Maxey - Vero Beach, FL
12 of 21 | Posted by: Richard Halpin - Austin, TX
“Remembering the goodness he showed our daughter, Veronica, when as a young woman just sterting her work career at IBM she was transfered from her...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Dave and Lynn Johnston - MD
“I am proud to have known and been associated with a fine individual as Jerry Briney and the family he created. He will do as well in the after life...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry Johnston - Charlotte, NC
“Thank you, Gerald, for your service to our country.
15 of 21 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX
“Dad was a true child of the Depression. From those experiences, he learned the value of hard work, dedication, following one’s dreams and caring...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Roger & Jenny Briney - VA - Son
“Dad was a kind, gentle, thoughtful and giving man. He always had a pun rolling off his tongue, most of the time they were really funny. Sometimes we...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Pam Baker - Warren, CT - daughter
“we will miss you , your laughter , your smile we alway,s enjoyed your visits with aunt june when you came to georgia. you will always be in our...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: rusty and genie witherington - GA
“We will miss our good friend, Jerry, and the association we enjoyed over many years. Our deepest condolences to June and all the family.
Bon Voyage,...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy and Jim Lloyd - Austin, TX
“Dad was a great role model and an extraordinary person. His accomplishments were so many, but his contribution of love, giving, and humor to our...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Kathe and Lester Briney - CA
21 of 21 | Posted by: Ray Thompson - Austin, TX
Gerald Briney, 91, died peacefully Wednesday surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday June 17, at 4:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Helen and his sister Patty Briney. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, June, and four children, Lester and wife Kathe, Roger and wife Jenny, Pam and husband Jack Baker, and Holly Michelle O'Rear; and four grandchildren, Kristin Baker, Matthew and wife Kate Briney, John Briney, and Sarah Briney; brother, Leroy Briney and wife Bea.
Jerry was born March 30, 1921 in Akron, Ohio. Jerry attended the University of Akron and worked for Goodyear Tire Company on the blimp port until war broke out and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was sent to the Navy Pier in Chicago where he served as a radar instructor. When the war ended, Jerry moved to Blacksburg, VA., where he taught Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech.
In 1960 after a brief tenure with General Electric Missiles and Space Division, Jerry began a 31-year career with IBM that entailed different roles and locales including New York; Saratoga; Stamford, Connecticut; Atlanta and Austin.
In 1980 IBM moved Jerry to Austin to lead in the merger of two business divisions. After several years, IBM appointed Jerry to work with AISD in leading the design and establishment of a Magnet School Science Academy. Jerry was invited to the White House and honored with an award presented by President Reagan for his work on the Science Academy. His last role with IBM involved working with University Relations in awarding deserving Texas schools with equipment and funding donations from IBM. These roles were among Jerry's most rewarding accomplishments and a culmination of his passionate volunteer work and remarkable career.
During his career in Austin, Jerry ... READ MORE →