Emeritus Professor Gary Gillard, 1945-2017

Gary Gillard, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Information Technology passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017, at Integrace Copper Ridge after a multi-year struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Gary Gillard was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Raymond and Louise Gillard of Silver Spring, M.D. Gary received a B.A. from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a M.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary; a B.Sp.Ed from Deakin University of Victoria, Australia and a MS from Hood College in Frederick, MD. He taught English and computer applications at the Maryland School for the Deaf for twenty two years and for some years was the Vicar of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Frederick.

Professor Gillard was an active member of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology from 1991 to 2013. During his tenure, he taught several courses in information technology.

The last years before his retirement he taught hundreds of Hood students about the ethical and social issues associated with computing technology in his Impact of Computers on Society course. He served on the computer and information technology advisory council, mentored countless students, and never stopped demonstrating his unwavering commitment to our students and our department.  Fluent in American Sign Language, he also volunteered his time to interpret for students in their extracurricular activities.

Even after he built and moved to his dream home in Rehoboth Beach, Gary never missed a beat and continued for years to drive three hours each way to teach at Hood.

Since his retirement, many of us have missed Gary's collegiality, humor and unpretentious selfless dedication to helping students and peers. We will now miss him so much more.

Gary is survived by his friend and companion of forty five years, Bernard C. Gerrard. A Memorial Service will be announced and held at a future date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Raymond L. and Louise K. Gillard Prize fund at Hood College or to Hospice of Carroll County. MD.

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