Gary died Dec. 8, 2021, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
He was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Alton, Ill. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern in 1959. Awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship, Gary earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering at Princeton in 1961.
Gary began his career as a chemical engineer at the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St. Louis. He left Mallinckrodt to accept a position as research associate at McDonnell Douglas, eventually moving to Santa Barbara to accept a position as a research scientist at Sloan Technology Corp.
While working at Sloan, he invented a scientific instrument called the Dektak, which is still used in science and technology.
In 1970, Gary left Sloan Technology to pursue his passion in the fine art and antiques world. A leader in the development of the California art and the American arts and crafts markets, he worked with museums and publications to educate, consult, and write about these genres. A passionate collector who loved research, he was a noteworthy art dealer and appraiser.
Gary is survived by many close friends and colleagues from the antiques and fine art world whom he considered family.
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