Adrian Gendell Bonser, DDS, 60, died on Friday, July 20, of complications from metastatic breast cancer in her home in Dunwoody.
Adrian was well-known throughout Dunwoody as a leading citizen and early proponent of Dunwoody cityhood. She joined the Board of “Dunwoody Yes!” at its inception in March 2008 and helped to establish Dunwoody as an independent city by December 2008.
Adrian became the first female city council member and served on the Council from 2008 until 2014 even as she was battling the breast cancer that would take her life.
After her illness prevented her from serving actively in the city government, Adrian supported development in Dunwoody through philanthropic gifts. Most recently, she was proud to dedicate a rose garden at the Dunwoody Farmhouse historical site.
Adrian first discovered Dunwoody when she established her private dental practice there in 1992 to provide general and cosmetic dental services. After building a thriving practice, Adrian sold her business in 2001 then worked for DeKalb County Board of Health for five years as a consulting dentist.
Adrian grew up in Wyoming, Ohio, near the city of Cincinnati and attended Wyoming High School. She earned a B.S. in Nursing at Indiana University then practiced as a Registered Nurse for eight years specializing in critical care. She attended dental school at The Ohio State University earning her DDS degree in 1991, followed by a year-long residency in hospital dentistry at Emory University.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Brian Bonser. She was proud stepmother to Neil Bonser of Atlanta and Ian Bonser of Gainesville, Ga. She was proud grandmother to Emma, Addison, Madison, and Maya. Adrian is also survived by her mother, Marion Gendell of Atlanta, and her siblings Carin Gendell of Great Falls, Va.; Jeff Gendell of Greenwich, Conn; David Gendell of Westport, Conn., Marc Gendell of Atlanta, and Brad Gendell of New York City as well as 14 nieces and nephews. Adrian was pre-deceased by her sister Danna Gendell Korell.
A private graveside burial ceremony was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The American Cancer Society.