Brian Regnier, the beloved founder of Landmark’s Wisdom Division passed away at the age of 78 on December 6 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his loving husband of many years, Tobin White, his sister, Cheri Wall, and a countless number of people who adored and cherished him.
It is in no way an exaggeration to say that Brian lived an extraordinary life. Born and raised in Chicago, he moved to San Francisco as a young man and met Werner Erhard in 1971, joining the staff of est not long after.
While originally a personal aide to Werner Erhard, he went on to become one of the highly trained staff members known as Consultants, and eventually created the very popular Wisdom Course. He created and designed nearly all of the programs that would follow in what would become the Wisdom Division. In addition, he became a Landmark Forum Leader and created the programs that now comprise the Personal Coaching Division.
He was also the creator of the annual Conference for Global Transformation held in May of each year. It has been attended by thousands of business and community leaders over the years– people committed to making a difference in issues critical to the future of humanity.
In his personal life people described Brian as someone around whom they experienced being free to be. Those that knew him said that he had a laugh and a smile that lifted everyone around him. Brian was down to earth – he had a clear view of what’s so in any matter under discussion. He spoke the truth, no holds barred and carried a pocketful of ‘empty and meaningless’ to apply liberally, granting freedom for everyone involved to be in effective action.
While many more things will be said of Brian in the days, weeks and years to come, a quote of his captures something essential.
A Miracle: An event that if not discounted, ignored or explained away, requires you to change your view of reality. ~ Brian Regnier.
By that definition, Brian’s life was indeed a miracle.
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