1937 - 2013 From Park Ridge, Il to Santa Monica, Ca. Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, quarterback at Maine Township High School, CTA bus driver, undergrad at Northwestern University, University of Illinois College of Medicine, internship Gorgas Hospital Canal Zone, residency Cook County Hospital, resident and fellowship in otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery Northwestern University. Head and Neck Physician/Surgeon, US Army Captain, Assistant Professor UCLA, Assistant Chief VA Wadsworth Hospital Center, staff Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Fellow of American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American College of Surgeons. Author of many peer reviewed articles on head and neck surgery, instructor of Medical Aspects of Scuba Diving for the AAO-HNS. Certified scuba diver 1966, Naui and Padi instructor/mentor to countless scuba students, motorcycle aficionado, classic car owner, airplane owner and pilot certified in sail planes, aerobatic, and single engine; downhill skier, sailor, swimmer, accomplished chef, all-around Mr. Fix Anything. Loved Dixieland music, ethnic food, popcorn, ice cream, and women. Known for a very dry sense of humor. Son of Mabel and Sylvester, fraternal twin to Beverly, half-brother to Bette, husband to Juanita who died in 1983 and then to Elaine; step father to Michael and Pamela, father to Glenn, and his favorite role as grandfather to Gabie whom he hopes will always remember him. Gary was unstoppable except in the 18 year long challenge of cancer. Miss you, babes!
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2014