At Princeton Gary majored in psychology. “G-Divine” (his DJ name) combined his passion for people and his love for hip-hop music to form Sonic Sounds Productions, with “Funkmaster Charles” Anderson ’83. Their music mixology was a popular common denominator across campus, and Gary was instrumental in integrating the Princeton party scene, including at the eating clubs.
Graduating from Columbia Law School, Gary clerked for Judge Bernard Fuchs of the Kings County Supreme Court. In 1990 he was general manager of Uptown/MCA Records. His clients included world-renowned artists Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Jodeci, Guy, Heavy D, and Al B. Sure. Later, Gary served as counsel for successful artists, producers, songwriters, and record labels that included Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Doug E. Fresh, Kool G Rap, Jam Master Jay, Russell Simmons Music Group, DMX, and Ralph Tresvant. In 2018, Gary became the general counsel for Silicon Harlem, a technology-innovation hub, with his stated mission as working “to transform urban markets into economic growth engines.”
Those who knew Gary will miss his huge heart, limitless sense of humor, engaging smile, gift of gab, and passion for life. He is survived by his wife, Maria; their two sons; brother Wallace Jenkins; mother Marie Jenkins; brother-in-law Michael Trice ’82; and sister-in-law Allison Trice Hixson ’85.