Gregory Jon Boester of Rye, NY passed away on December 29, 2023, due to complications from a series of intestinal surgeries. He was 55 years old, a beloved husband, devoted father of three sons and an admired leader during his thirty-year career in finance.
Greg was born in Los Angeles in 1968. He split his teenage years between Denver and Steamboat Springs, where he pursued with vigor his childhood love of ski jumping, earning a spot on the United States Ski Team. In 1994, he competed in the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. He had an immense passion for the sport throughout his life and spoke often about how ski jumping was like flying.
After joining the Board of Directors of U.S. Ski & Snowboard in 1996, Greg became vice chairman. He was named a trustee of the USSS Foundation in 2004 and became the Board of Trustees president in 2013. His keen insights, strategic acumen and tireless efforts were instrumental in guiding the organization through pivotal moments. Greg believed in the power of sport to transform lives and tirelessly advocated for initiatives aimed at creating opportunities for aspiring athletes. He remained a Trustee and an active supporter of skiing and snowboarding throughout his life.
After graduating from St Lawrence University and the Wharton School of Business, Greg advanced to senior leadership roles in fixed income at JP Morgan Chase, Citadel and Barclays before becoming founder, CEO, and co-CIO of Praesagio Partners. In business, Greg was known for his visionary brilliance, enthusiasm, and problem-solving acumen. Always one to to share his vast knowledge and wealth of experience, he approached all challenges with a twinkle in his eye. He was also dedicated to using his position to help others, by supporting younger men and women to join and collectively advance in the business world while a team at Praesagio focused on helping to create mortgage stability and home ownership for the millions of first-time, lower-income, military, and rural families.
Greg was always trying to make the world a little bit better. Beyond his ski team roles, he and his wife Marian Wright founded Moxie’s Creative Intellect (scholarship) Fund at Columbia University. Additionally, he served on the board of Epi-Cure, a food recovery non-profit in St. Augustine, FL, and coached Rye Youth Soccer for more than ten years. Greg was also an active supporter of the Stone Barns Institute, St Lawrence University, Christ’s Church in Rye, NY, the Wharton School, ALSA, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Greensboro Association and the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, VT, two Vail Ski Team athletes, Rye Country Day School, and so much more.
To his family and friends, Greg was an inspiring, generous, supportive, fun-loving husband, father, brother, son, cousin, nephew, and friend. His sense of humor was legendary, based on a supremely quick wit, but also enhanced by his repertoire of Dad Jokes. He was always up for pick-up soccer, paddle boarding, “just one more run” down the ski slope, a hike or a sail, or the simple pleasures of a one-on-one conversation with a dear friend. Greg was devoted to his wife, Marian Wright, with whom he recently celebrated twenty-five years of marriage while also a passionate supporter of their sons Cole, Wyatt, and Rhodes Boester, whom he loved with all his heart. He will also be dearly missed by his cherished parents, Cindy and Ralph Boester, his brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Allie Boester as well as his brother-in-law Robert and Amy Wright, his brother-in-law Richard and Anja Wright, and his brother-in-law Minturn and Gwen Wright and his nephews and nieces, Norie Wright, Tate Wright, Hunter Wright, Natasha Wright, Olivia Odom, Dylan Boester, Leo Boester, and Zane Boester and a great many more.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ’s Church in Rye, NY on Thursday February 8, 2024 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his philanthropic interests noted above.