Dr. Norman D. Gary, 90, passed away at Country MeadowsRetirement Community on February 8, 2013.|
He was born in Takoma Park, MD on November 23, 1922. He was the son of Edwin and Anna Gary and was predeceased by brothers Bernard, Niles, Charles and Wilbert and sister Helen Knowles.
Dr. Gary graduated from MontgomeryBlairHigh School in 1940 and attended the University of Maryland for three semesters.
Seven days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and served for the duration of World War II. He played French horn in the very first Army Air Forces band. He guarded the secret airbase in Florida where Lt. Col. Doolittle practiced for the Tokyo raid. He survived a catastrophic typhoon while serving as a military policeman in Okinawa and commented, "What the marines didn't finish, the storm took care of."
After his discharge, he attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) in Fargo, ND. He graduated with honors in 1948 in the field of bacteriology.
While in college he was a beekeeper and an illustrator for scientific journals. For his graduate studies, he attended the University of Indiana and earned his M.A. in 1950 and his Ph.D in 1952, both in bacteriology.
Dr. Gary was first employed by the Department of the Army. He worked at Fort Detrick from 1952 -1971. During this time he headed the Medical Bacteriology Division until the research facility was closed. During the 1962-1963 school year, he took a leave of absence to be a visiting professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CN. Next, he worked for the National Institute of Health from 1971-1978 where he headed the Special Studies Section reviewing medical school grant proposals nationwide. His final job was teaching in the Biology Department of Hood College as Associate Professor and later was head of the depart- ment. He retired in 1989 with Professor Emeritus standing. Throughout his lifetime, he belonged to many professional and social organizations (too numerous to mention) which reflected his academic successes and interests in science, art, and stamp collecting.
Dr. Gary spent many retirement years as a volunteer at the Hood College Library and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. He was an accomplished local artist and was frequently exhibited. Hismost notable exhibitions were at the Delaplaine, the Washington County Museum of Art in Hagerstown and at Hood College. He painted numerous paintings reflecting his seven trips to Norway where his wife's family originated. Once he held a show at the Hood Library and donated the proceeds to establish a library endowment in memory of Dr. Sidney Silverman. The 17th Century Dutch painter Vermeer was his favorite artist and he imitated his style producing seven "After Vermeer" paintings which have astounded anyone who sees them. He was often asked to lecture about Norway and Vermeer. His last exhibition was a one-man show at Country Meadows. Many people in Frederick, all over the country and in Norway own a Norm Gary original.
Dr. Gary is survived by his wife Myrtle to whom he was devoted. They recently observed their 70th wedding anniversary. He is pre-deceased by his elder son Keith Gary. He is survived by his daughter Cynthia Smith and son-in-law Mark Smith of Reisterstown, son Kurke Gary of Taneytown; grandchildren Kerri Brennan and husband Timothy Brennan of Towson, Karl Gary and wife Alison Gary of Greenbelt, Erin McGinty and husband Corey McGinty of Florida, and Kimberly Gary of Glenn Dale; four
great-grandsons Liam and Finneas Brennan, Aidan and Griffin McGinty, and one great-granddaughter Emerson Gary; numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Dr. Gary's love of science and knowing the importance of research inspired him to donate his body to the Anatomy Board.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21702. Pastor Lynn Wilson will officiate.
Donations may be made to
, 108 Byte Dr., Suite 103, Frederick, MD 21702; Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702; or Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St. Frederick, MD 21701.
Published Online in www.fredericknewspost.com on Feb. 12, 2013