Gary recently retired from the state of Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee where he had resided since 1968 since enrolling at Florida State University. He graduated with degrees in the Humanities and early twentieth century History. Throughout the years, Gary has taken advantage of the pass opportunities (his father was employed with United Airlines), and has travelled extensively, which has further cultivated his love and understanding of the arts. From 1988 through 1992, he served as the Chairman of Tallahassee arts committee whose responsibilities included purchasing art for public areas and establishing the juried art competitions for the city’s two largest festivals (Springtime Tallahassee and the Winter Festival). During that time he also oversaw the creation of the popular art gallery in the city’s new airport, appropriately named the Artport Gallery. When his children reached middle school age, Gary assisted Paul Chew for 3 years in the woodworking class at the John C. Campbell Folk School Little/Middle program. After re-locating to Cherokee County last year, Gary now hopes to continue his passion for the arts through volunteering with the CCAC and the local arts community. In addition, Gary is passionate about cross country running, and was hired to coach at Martins Creek Middle School. Gary also joined the local Senior Games Board as their running director. He hopes to qualify one more time for the Boston Marathon in 2015. In his spare time, he continues to enjoy traveling and spending quiet time reading in his home library.