Yale University

In Memoriam

Geoffry D. C. Best

Geoff Best
1964 graduation


The New York Times

March 5, 2017

BEST--Geoffry Donald Charles, died February 17, at his home in New York City, surrounded by family and dedicated caregivers.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, February 22, 1943, elder son of Vincent and Katrina Best of Dunstable, Massachusetts.

He graduated from the Middlesex School (1960), Yale University (Silliman College, Skull and Bones Society, 1964), and the University of Virginia Law School (1969), and married the late Suzanne Micaud, who died in 2015.

Geoff in 2005

Geoffry taught English at the American University of Beirut (64-66) and served as a special assistant at the International Energy Agency in Paris before rising to senior partner in the international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, where he spent his legal career as a litigator.

A weight-lifting accident in 1995 precipitated a stroke that severely disabled him for the balance of his life.

A man of exceptional character, ability, courage, and humor, he was a loving and dedicated husband and father to his sons — Ramon, Charles, and Alan — and beloved grandfather to George and Helen. He is also survived by his sister, Phoebe Best-Devenish of Hancock, Maine; his brother, Eric P. Best of Carmel, NY; nieces Emily Kelleher-Best, Miranda Devenish Benefield, Isabel Best, and nephew William Best.

The family is planning a memorial service May 20 in New York City.