Gerald (Gary) R. Brownlee|
After a valiant struggle with end stage liver disease secondary to hemochromatosis, surrounded by family, friends, and wonderful young doctors and nurses, Gary let go of his physical life.
Gary grew up in the wide-open spaces of Veteran, Wyoming. He went on to achieve a Masters degree in civil engineering at the University of Wyoming, 1961. He worked at Boeing (1962-1971), JPL (1971-1983), and later as consultant to Hughes, Comsat, and various engineering corporations. As a Structural Engineer he contributed to Apollo, Viking Orbiter, Voyagers, Moon Rover, and Hubble and to communications satellites and satellite launch vehicles.
In 1980, Gary began a second career as a practitioner and then instructor in the Trager Approach to Movement Education. For thirty years he taught a generation of body therapists throughout the world. Gary was known for integrity, compassion, warmth and light touch in this healing work.
Gary married his first wife, Sharon Lee Sherich in 1958. Together they had three children, Pamela Stalker, Kimberley Templeton, and Robert D. Brownlee who helped care for his father in the final phase of his illness. The family grew to include six grandchildren: Amy, Kelsey, Dayna, Scott, Shane and Kara, and eight great-grandchildren.
In 1988 Gary married his wife, Mary Kay Oliveri. They supported each other's work training therapists and practitioners in the healing arts. One of their joys was salmon fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands along with humpbacks, eagles and wildlife. Together they came to understand the power of the unconscious in connecting us to possibilities.
Always the jokester, Gary came to describe his life with both wit and wisdom, as going from "outer space to inner space." His ready laughter and dedication to healing will be missed by family, colleagues and friends.
Memorial services will be in Seattle this Fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Trager International Film Project (firstname.lastname@example.org) or, UCLA Pflegler Liver Clinic and Transplant (http://transplants.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=37).
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 23, 2014