Gary was an educator for 46 years in Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He has for many years had a passionate interest in the Civil War, and especially in Civil War surgery. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons, and has worked with the Blue-Gray Hospital Association, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and the National Park Service in Gettysburg to present programs on Civil War Medicine to the public. He holds a B.S with High Distinction and a M.A from the University of Nebraska. Gary and his wife Kathy have 2 grown children and now live in Hastings, Nebraska.