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Gary Allen Schwartz

Gary Allen SCHWARTZ Died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on July 26, 2009 at the age of 55 after a valiant two year battle with colorectal cancer. Gary was a devoted husband to Jane and beloved by his family and many friends. Raised in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of Swarthmore College in engineering and music. Gary was a brilliant engineer, obtained numerous patents and made significant contributions to the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound. He had a lifelong love of music and enjoyed attending eclectic live music concerts, especially with his nephews Nate and Brady. He was an avid outdoorsman - enjoying bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and backcountry camping. Every year he went on a sea kayaking adventure to remote areas, and earned the affectionate nickname "Air" from a spectacular incident at the mouth of the Hoh River - perhaps the only sea kayaker to defy gravity. He was a world traveler and held quietly sophisticated views toward culture, life, people and events. He had a dry sense of humor and was a steady friend to all. Gary saw only the good in people. In addition to many friends around the world, he is survived by his beloved wife Jane Hedberg, parents Helena and Larry Schwartz, father-in-law Raymond Hedberg, sister Lynn Reed, friends andin-laws Janet and Gary Somers, John and Annie Hedberg, and nieces and nephews Nate, Brady, Jenna, Caitlin, Caleb, Ben, Colin, Melissa and Heather. He was preceded in death by his dear brother Ira. Those who wish to honor Gary are welcome to make a donation to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2009
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