Gary Hausladen (1946 - 2013)

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Gary Hausladen

August 26, 1946

April 8, 2013

Gary J. Hausladen died on April 8, 2013 at his home in Reno, NV with his family at his bedside. He was born in Palo Alto, CA to Gabriel and Lois (Towle) Hausladen.

Gary grew up in San Carlos, CA where he graduated from Serra High School in 1964. During this time, he unknowingly lived just blocks away from his future bride, Marilyn McGuire, whom he met just after his first year at Stanford, where he earned his Bachelor's degree. Gary and Marilyn wed in 1967 and were happily married for 46 years.

Gary joined the Air Force after college and served his country as a C130 pilot in Vietnam and Cambodia. After his service, Gary attended Syracuse University where he earned his Doctoral degree in Geography. Gary, who learned fluent Russian in the military, traveled with his wife and family on a Fulbright Scholarship to Moscow, USSR in pursuit of research - an experience which shaped his young family's close bonds and love of travel. Before finding his professional home at the University of Nevada, Reno, Gary taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and later at Southwest Texas State University. Gary taught for 26 years in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno and established and served as the director of the Geography Alliance in Nevada (GAIN) to support teachers in building solid foundations in geography for students in grades K-12. Gary's numerous publications and his professional accomplishments have been recognized by peers and colleagues in the form of many distinguished honors and awards. In addition to his love for geography, he had a passion for sense of place through film and mystery, world travel and sports.

Gary lived a rich life full of adventure as it was his nature to embrace and contribute to the human experience. His presence is embedded in the lives that he touched because Gary genuinely loved people and acted with deep compassion for his fellows. His role as a Dad was borne out of love and an earnest desire for his children's happiness and success. As a professor, Gary was both a consummate and passionate scholar whose contribution cannot be measured only by awards and publications but through the many students whose potential he identified and nurtured. Gary drew people to him with his energy and relish for both social and intellectual pursuits. He was a steadfast and honest friend, a man that could always be counted on to speak his mind and give his heart.

Gary is survived by his wife Marilyn; his sons Theodore and Bradley Hausladen; his daughter Christina Camarena (Walter); his sister Gayle Larson (Paul); his grandchildren Tyler, Ava, Olivia and one on the way; his brother-in-law Lowell McGuire, several nephews and cousins, and his many friends.

A memorial mass and reception will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Newman Center, 1101 N. Virginia St., at 4:00 pm on April 16. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share, a photo to place on the photo board if they wish, and a story to write down for the memory book if they would like to share. Parking may be an issue so plan time and be prepared.

Thank you to everyone involved in supporting him and his family throughout this process. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Reno Cancer Foundation at 1155 Mill St. Reno, NV 89502.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 11, 2013
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