December 3, 2008
Gene Adcock, prominent sculptor, interior designer and businessman, passed away on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, in Grand Junction, following heart surgery.A native of Detroit and a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., he formed the Los Angeles design firm, Designers Adcock & Stock, in 1955. There, he developed a client roster that ranged from ABC-TV, NBC-TV and Paramount Studios to California Pizza Kitchen and a whos who of Californians private homes and offices.In the late 80s, Gene met the love of his life, third wife Jeanie Renchard, a fellow sculptor. They divided their time between Rancho Paradiso in Carbondale, and Pietra Santa, Italy, a renowned marble region. In addition to prolific marble work, Gene and Jeanie cast countless magnificent pieces in bronze; their works are held by collectors around the world.Gene will also be remembered for his philanthropic work: the Adcock Scholarship Award to outstanding Kendall College seniors, his legendary dinner parties auctioned off by the Aspen Art Museum, and the ongoing work of the Adcock Foundation, which helps local and national arts organizations.Gene Adcock is survived by his daughters, a brother and the woman who helped raise him beloved Aunt Jane, age 102. To celebrate his life, donations can be made to The Adcock Foundation, in care of Alpine Bank, Colorado.