From the beginning of his career in the 1960’s until his retirement in 2005, Gary served on many commissions and community committees, investing both in his community and his profession. He served on the board of the Central New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as President from 1979-1980. He took that involvement to the next level, serving on the board of the New York State Association of Architects (AIA New York), and was instrumental in refocusing that organization in service to the profession.
Gary has been an advocate and educator regarding architecture’s impact on the environment, and architecture as an art form. He has also been concerned with the general public’s perception of architects. This concern led him to initiate involvement with the New York State Fair to provide a venue to showcase architecture and architects. He subsequently was hired by the New York State Fair to develop a master plan and memorial exhibits for the fairgrounds, including a 9-11 memorial.
He received an art degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Institute of Technology. Gary is a talented artist, creating pen and ink sketches of noteworthy architecture and points of interest, which have become the firm’s annual holiday cards. Gary was also a photographer, and avid golfer. He and his wife of 55 years, Suzanne, had five children and eleven grandchildren with whom he loved spending time. Those of us who knew him could not help but love him. He is missed.