In 1987 when four year younger brother Greg arrived in Indianapolis he was faced with a life altering, life threatening situation. Older brother Gary had come home to Indiana’s capital in 1984 with the kidney disease that had taken the life of their father in 1957 when Gary was 8-years-old and Greg was only 4. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) was inherited by Gary and he had undergone dialysis since 1984 when he also was put on a transplant waiting list. Their father had no such choice. Transplants were not an option and, ironically, dialysis first b28-Gary Guntherecame an accepted procedure in America during the late 1950’s. So Gary was, in one sense, lucky. Lucky modern science had evolved. And lucky he had a loving brother. Greg was only 35. Gary Richard Gunther was born March 30, 1948 in Methodist Hospital. His mom was a nurse there. She had grown up a couple of blocks directly southwest of today’s Lucas Oil Stadium on Chadwick Street where I-70 now runs. She was one of eight siblings. Gary’s dad lived his teenage years near Tech High School with five others including his older sister who was boss while their dad was gone most of the year working in the gas fields of western Pennsylvania. Gary’s dad eventually achieved an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University by the time he was married. But he wanted more. He entered what today is IUPUI law school in the 1950’s. And even had his 7-year-old son campaign with him in the neighborhood when he unsuccessfully ran for City Council as a Republican. But his life was cut short by the unforgiving PKD. 

buy generic Lyrica india      The young Gunther family had moved into the very last house near Lafayette Road on a short stretch of 22nd Street between Cold Springs Road (Coffin Golf Course) and Highway 52. From there Gary would walk the four or five blocks south across Lafayette Rd. and 16th Street to School 75 in Haughville. His high IQ and academic ability was evident at an early age. He also excelled musically. One of his best friends at the academically accelerated School 75 was Bob Evans. Young Bob chose to attend Shortridge High. But Gary headed to the National Road school along with other good buddies Rusty Redenbarger, Jerry Shepard, Vicki Benson and Greg Shelton. Entering Washington High School in the fall of 1961 in the largest class in Continental history he was one of about 25 (of almost 1,000) assigned to a special advanced Biology class taught by Donald Kramer who soon became an academic doctor. (Dr. Kramer eventually married fellow teacher Mary Melick when he headed to brand new Northwest High School in 1963) At Washington Gary played trumpet for Mr. Funk’s band and Pep Band while singing in Mr. Thatcher’s Continentalaires. He also was in the Junto Club (history) with Mr. Thomas. But his intensity and personal experiences seemed to direct him toward a love of science. He and good friend Ray Knight were two of a very few in the state of Indiana who became National Merit Finalists. Both would head toward Wabash College in Crawfordsville after high school graduation. Eventually Ray would graduate from Wabash in 1969 and matriculate to John Hopkins to study bio-chemistry. In 2009 Ray has a family medical practice in Jeffersonville and is a teaching doctor at the University of Louisville. One of his antique British roadsters is unique worldwide. Gary’s journey was a little different. He too graduated from Wabash in ’69 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. By 1975 he achieved a doctorate in Immunology from Rockefeller University. And then he did post-doctoral work at Yale in cell biology. He was awarded a degree there in 1978.      Between 1978 and 1984 he was employed at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. PKD was something he seemed to research often. But, unfortunately, his disease forced him to head to Indianapolis. He also worked in Chicago but after his transplant operation he took a job at the Indianapolis Medical Center doing research in physiology, pulmonary hematology, leukemia and oncology. In 1992 he began a study of microparticles in relationship to diagnostic blood tests.

order gabapentin overnight      In 2000 he was hired by Roche Diagnostics. Into 2010 he developed theraputic blood tests for Thermo-Fisher Scientific near 79th & Georgetown Road. But he headed to southern California as that company moved west. Luckily his cousin, Marvin Winzenread, lives there. Mr. Winzenread was a math teacher at Washington High in the early 1960’s and teaches Computer Science part-time at Hayword College in retirement.

     Gary has been married twice. He met his first wife, Donna Cunningham from North Central High School, while working at Eli Lilly shortly before he went to Memphis. They had a daughter, Sarah, who was born December 5, 1980. She lives in Hancock County today. His second wife, Cheri, was a Ben Davis graduate. And his life saving brother, Greg, in 2013 is the boss at the Botanical Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

     When Gary and good friend Vic Reardon began a senior prank on June 4, 1965 they couldn’t avoid respected Latin teacher Miss Parks’ prying eyes. But, unlike some school authorities both then and now, Mr. Julian and Mr. Watkins both understood the inappropriateness of severe punishment. A good laugh in 2009 was possible thanks to the common sense and good will of what most continue to see as the Washington Way of confronting things both good and bad. And Gary is one of the all time good and accomplished Continentals. While anticipating the Class of 1965’s 50th reunion on August 15, Gary died of an apparent heart attack on Fathers Day 2015.