Father Gerald Garry, 1928-2005


Father Gerald Garry, 77, died on March 12, 2005, at Divine Word Residence at Techny, Ill. Father Garry was born in Schenectady, N.Y., where he attended St. Columba parish school. After graduating from high school, he studied at St. Bernadine of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

He began his missionary training in 1951, as a "late vocation" at Divine Word Seminary in Bordentown, N.J. He completed his studies for the priesthood and was ordained in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in 1959.

Father Garry devoted his religious life to teaching sociology and missiology in Divine Word seminaries in the United States. He held advanced degrees in missiology (Gregorian University, Rome), sociology and library science (Catholic University, Washington, D.C.). He taught and was library director at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, from 1965 to 1997. Father Garry worked as provincial archivist at Techny for three years before retiring in 2000.

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