Gina Guy served in the United States Army and the federal government. As a generous philanthropist, she also served the community.
The Denver Foundation remembers and honors the legacy of Carol Georgina “Gina” Guy, who passed away in June surrounded by her family and dear companion Terce Dines.
Raised in Cheyenne, where she was born in 1943, Gina was a trailblazer, earning degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado before briefly joining the Women’s Army Corps.
“It was unusual for someone from a small state, and I had no idea about diversity in the U.S. at that time,” Gina once recalled. “It was also much different for women, who were never subject to the draft, so all the women were volunteers; it was male-dominated.”
Gina returned to the University of Wyoming for law school, one of only three women in her graduating class.
She secured a position as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of the Interior, a position that eventually brought Gina to Denver as Regional Solicitor for the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 2002, Gina went to work at the Pentagon as Deputy General Counsel with the Air Force. She served there for two years, with the rank of a three-star General. She assisted the Air Force with litigation and legislation related to the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
After retiring from federal service, Gina briefly taught at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. She served as Chair of the Mesa VerdeFoundation. An avid explorer, she traveled throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She also made a special visit to Japan, where she and her family lived for a brief period when she was a child. Her father, George Guy, was appointed as defense counsel for a Japanese general charged with war crimes during World War II. When the general was sentenced to death, he gave Gina’s father his gold spurs to thank him for his legal defense. Many years later, Gina located the general’s only living relative, a stepson, and traveled to Japan to return the spurs in person. Japanese art and artifacts from that period decorated Gina’s home, reflecting the openness to adventure that Gina inherited from her parents. “I have never met anyone with a greater curiosity about the world, or with such an enormous breadth and depth of knowledge,” says Linda Anderson, Gina’s cousin, and dear friend.
Gina was an active philanthropist. She trusted the Foundation to steward her Teewinot Fund, named after the mountain in Wyoming’s Teton Range from the Shoshone word meaning ”many pinnacles,” and the name of her beloved home in Breckenridge. “She realized that without philanthropy, organizations that enhance the lives of so many would not exist,” says Anderson. As a member of The Denver Foundation’s Community Legacy Society, Gina generously and thoughtfully named the Teewinot Fund as the beneficiary of her IRAs and a life insurance policy. This endowed, designated fund will provide annual support to The Fund for Denver and two of her favorite nonprofits, The Salvation Army and Doctors Without Borders, forever.
A designated fund can provide support to your favorite charitable organizations in perpetuity, or over a set number of years. With an endowed designated fund, you can be confident that your lasting legacy will help sustain your favorite nonprofits. Please call the Philanthropic Services Group to discuss these and other options available to members of the Community Legacy Society.