Renée Inez Hack, 88, passionate gardener and longtime Bruce supporter

Renée Inez Hack, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2012. She was born in New York City, the daughter of Felix and Elsie Wolff Wormser. She grew up in Larchmont, NY and graduated from Wellesley College in 1944.

During her sixty year residence in Greenwich, she was involved in many civic endeavors. She had a love of flowers and plants and was a member of Green Fingers Garden Club for 58 years, serving as President from 1973-75. Renée worked on many landscape and tree planting projects that beautified the town and staged several memorable Preview of Spring Flower Shows. The colorful and exotic “In a Maharajah’s Garden” was her masterpiece. She was honored to receive the Garden Club of America’s Medal of Merit for her contributions to Green Fingers and her community.

Renée volunteered for more than 30 years at the Bruce Museum and served on its Board of Directors. She loved the museum and worked tirelessly on fundraising, was Honorary Co-Chairman of the first Renaissance Ball, assisted in the museum shop, and served on the collections and exhibitions committees. In 2005, she received the museum’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding service to the museum over a significant period of time.

Renée’s artistic passion was creating miniature rooms with objects she made or collected during her worldwide travels. As a founder of the Greenwich Miniaturists, she curated the very popular Small Scales miniature room exhibitions at the Bruce Museum. Some of her outstanding creations were “Antiques Shop”, “Duke’s Art Gallery” and “Playroom for Very Spoiled Children”.

She was a woman of great beauty, elegance and grace. Renée loved the arts, flowers, travel, and most of all her family and friends.

Renée is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Robert Anthony Hack, a resident of Edgehill Community in Stamford. She also leaves behind her six children, Randall of Greenwich, daughters Gabrielle Hall and Darrell Lorentzen of Greenwich, Garrett of Thetford, Vt., Talbot of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mace of Omaha, Nebr. as well as twenty grandchildren, her sister, Diane W. Burke of Princeton, N.J., two nieces and a nephew.

A private family memorial will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Ct. 06830 or Green Fingers Garden Club Community Trust Fund, P.O. Box 4655, Greenwich, Conn. 06831.

—by the family

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