Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in peace, Gary.

Posted by Geoffrey Taylor - Poulsbo, WA - Served in the Military together   February 06, 2018

You are in the dream beyond what even you could have imagined and missed more than you'll ever know.

Posted by Roberta Boyers - Laguna woods, CA - Classmate   August 22, 2016

Gary and I became friends while we were stationed at Fort Bragg back in the 1970's. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was much too young.

Posted by Geoff Taylor - Seattle, WA - Friend   April 10, 2012

Knowing Gary at Miraleste High set the bar for excellence pretty high. He always seemed to have better ideas, funnier stories, and excellent adventures. Through the years I followed his adventures and was so proud of him. He could write, he could draw, he could organize festivals, he understood politics, he could sky dive, he was extraordinary. If I could point to one person with the breadth and depth, it'd be him. We loved his irreverence, his sense of humor and his incredible wit. God bless him, his pop and brother, and his wife.

Posted by jocelyn zimmerman mel - santa cruz, CA - junior high school friend   April 23, 2011

I will remember Mr. Chapman as someone who helped inform my political life while I was at Occidental College. He was very specific about the Vietnam War, and told us in animated discussions about his political journey. I, and others in school, were enriched with his presence, and together we got Occidental College to divest in South Africa in the 1970's. As an older student he was someone that other students looked to for advice and life experience.

I spoke to him about 10 years ago, and marveled how the years have changed all of us. While I did not know him well beyond college, I am most saddened to hear of his death, and send condolences to his family.

Aloha Gary.

Posted by Juliet Begley - Los Angeles, CA - classmate Occidental College   January 15, 2011

The news of Gary's sudden death came so unexpected that I still find it hard to imagine that he is no longer with us. For a long time Gary has been for me the person of reference of CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility), and, more recently, I had the privilege to meet Gary and his wife Carol on two ISODARCO summer schools held in Italy that were organised by Gary and Diego Latella. Later, in 2005, we had a wonderful time with Gary and Carol in Austin combining Slow Food and deep discussions on social responsibility issues with a marvellous tour through Texas. There were so many plans for the future, so many ideas, so many things to do. My thoughts are with Carol and all dear family and friends of Gary. I'm sure he will remain a great inspiration for all who knew him and for all who get to know him through what he has left to the future by putting his thoughts on paper.

Mieke Massink

Posted by Mieke Massink - Pisa, Italy - Friend & Colleague   January 07, 2011

I am just stunned to lose such a vibrant and amazing friend. Gary was an inspiration to me and I will really miss him.

I find comfort in the fact that he was doing something he really loved. And I remember fondly sitting with him at Austin Java as he interwove tales of kayaking in San Marcos with US Broadband policy.

Carol, I'm so sorry for your loss and think of you often. If there's anything Carlton or I can do please let us know.

All my love,

Posted by Kierstan Schwab - Austin, TX - friend   December 23, 2010