In Memory of Cong Geng

Three months ago, I met Cong Geng (Geng) at Galvanize.  He was the new membership manager and had moved to San Francisco a week prior.  During the facility tour, I learned three things about Geng:

1.  He loves people.  He is passionate about his family, friends, and his colleagues.  His Meyer Briggs is ENTJ, the same as Steve Jobs.

2. He is witty, brilliant, and intense.  Geng succeeds at everything he believes in.  He graduated from Amherst College, worked in investment banking, and launched his own venture.

3. He loves karaoke... in a good way. He does not hog the mic and only occasionally bumps his songs to the top of the list.  He's a great sport and his go-to song is "Moon River."

Geng loved his life in San Francisco.  He loved the people here and made friends effortlessly everywhere he went.  We quickly became best friends.  We played football, foosball, Magic the Gathering, ping pong, binge drank, and went karaoke a lot.  For three months, I had a brother.

Over Korean BBQ last Saturday, January 13, Geng and I made plans to meet the following Monday and Tuesday. After a series of his absence at meetings, I received news on Tuesday afternoon of his accidental and tragic passing.  It is with a heavy heart and tremendous sadness for me to share that Geng is no longer with us today.

At 31 years old, Geng was one of the brightest and most promising people I knew.  He moved to San Francisco to achieve more, with the goal to provide financial freedom for his parents, Lina Zhuang and Huali Geng.

His parents are devastated, friends are shocked, and we are all numbed by this news.  Just last week, I could not have imagined creating a GoFundMe page in memory of my best friend.  I wish we had more time together and the world will miss him.

Geng's loving parents are in town to retrieve their only son.  The memorial service will be held in Colorado. The date is to be finalized.  All proceeds from your donations in memory of Geng will assist his parents with funeral and memorial costs.

Thank you for being a part of Geng's life. He will always be a part of mine.



Donations (129)

  • Cathy Huang
    • $10 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Paul Tuan
San Francisco, CA
Huali Geng

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