Gary was born in Elizabeth, N.J. After graduating from Carteret (N.J.) High School, he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He wrote his thesis on the Korteweg-de-ries equation. Gary lived in Wilson College and participated in the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship.
In 1974, while on a trip to Israel, he met the love of his life, Susan Lorraine Kanost. They were married June 26, 1976.
Gary never let his blindness hinder him from accomplishing great things. After moving to the Dayton area in 1980, he was employed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was named U.S. Army Armament Command Handicapped Employee of the Year.
Gary retired from Wright-Patterson in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Susan; son Wesley and wife Erika; son Justin; sisters Leslie Sivak, Nancy Moskwa, and Cindy Sivak; and grandchildren Henry, Nathan, and Audrey. The class sends condolences to his family.