Nov 2, 2012 2:22 AM by Kathy Kuretich

Greg Hind, businessman and philanthropist, dies at 66

San Luis Obispo County philanthropist, inventor, businessman, and dedicated family man, Greg Hind has died.

Thursday, friends and colleagues were remembering the man they said was like no other.

He has a long list of professional accomplishments including inventions, several companies, and numerous awards and recognitions throughout San Luis Obispo County. With his wife, Jane, he founded GH Sports, as well as Docuteam, a document storage and recycling company, Circa Company LLC, a perfume manufacturing company, Hind Health Care, and Hind River Ranch... 800 acres of land used for conservation research - just to name a few.

But those who knew him said his generosity was one of his biggest character traits.

"Greg really had a mission and an ambition to leave a better place," said Judge Marty Tangeman, who was his lawyer for more than 20 years, and friend for more than 30. "He had a quiet sense of confidence that allowed him to take an idea, to refine it and to make it work."

According to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, at one time, he employed more than 500 people at his various companies throughout the county.

Tangeman said Hind's legacy will also be one of unparalleled generosity. He and his wife Jane started the Hind Foundation in 2006, giving millions to countless non-profits throughout the county, with a big focus on historical and land conservation. "I would learn about his philanthropy by reading about it, not by talking to him about it. We'd go out to lunch and we'd talk and those subjects wouldn't come up until I brought them up."

State Senator Sam Blakeslee remembered Hind as quiet champion of several causes in the county, who never sought recognition for his philanthropy.

"He was a remarkable figure. He was generous to a fault, humble, engaged on a number of fronts, just a remarkable human being."

Hind was also a world class water polo player, even earning a gold medal during the Pan Am Games in 1967. He broke his eardrum while playing, then invented protective ear cups ... now widely used.

But close friends knew he was most proud, most dedicated to his life as a husband to wife Jane, and his two daughters.

"As the end neared, I'm told when he was asked about his accomplishments and his greatest accomplishment, his answer was simple... his family," said Tangeman.

Tangeman also said Hind moved his family to France in the early 90's for two years, and although his business suffered in his absence, he was dedicated to the notion of having this experience with his wife and daughters.

So inspired by this, Tangeman, moved his family to Italy for a year. He said, it was the best year of his life, and he owes that to Greg Hind.

Hind is survived by his wife Jane and their two daughters.

He was 66 years old and reportedly died from a short illness.



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