Gary Giel Gore, of Nashville, Tennessee, on March 28, 2021, of natural causes. He was 89 years old. Gary was born born November 1, 1931 in Lincoln, NE, the son of Leroy and Grace Gore. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two siblings, older brother Don and younger sister Kristene, previous wife Jean Thomas Gore, as well as his son, Mark Gore. Gary is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathryn Nethercutt Gore, his son Bruce Gore [Vicki], his daughter Kymberly Alsup [Craig], step-son Mike Dixon, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Gary was raised primarily in Fort Atkinson, WI. His father was a small town newspaper editor, and Gary worked in his father’s newspaper print shops as he grew up. It clearly influenced his career path, as he ultimately ventured into printing, publication and book design after leaving home. His early career years moved him to Madison, WI, Richmond, VA, Kingsport, TN, and finally to Nashville, TN in 1965. He came to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt University Press. After the press closed a few years later, he found work with the American Association for State and Local History [AASLH]. He ultimately returned to Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s as University Designer, and later as Director of Publications. He retired from Vanderbilt in 1998. Book design had become his love and his passion, and after leaving Vanderbilt, he continued to provide freelance design for numerous publishers around the country, until his health finally forced him to fully retire only a couple of years ago. Gary’s final design project, which is still in production, will be a local history book titled A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks. It will be a fitting final bow to an amazing life and career.
Many of his friends and family will remember Gary as a great wit and raconteur, and a warm, wise fellow who constantly entertained those around him with amusing and hilarious stories—predictably embellished for the benefit of humor, but never at the expense of his friends. His parties were legendary, particularly his Christmas and Halloween parties. He once dressed up as a hunter on safari, with pith helmet and a glass of bourbon with a bullet in it. What was that about? It was his shot glass, he would say with an impish smile. He touched many lives deeply, made his office environments more amusing and interesting places to work, and will be sorely missed by his family and the many people he worked and collaborated with throughout his life and career.
In keeping with Gary’s love of a good party, there will be a mostly-outdoor Celebration of Life held Sunday, April 25th, at The Ruby, adjacent to Dragon Park, from 4:00–6:00 p.m., with a short program around 5:00. Bring your Gary Gore stories to help enrich the celebration and to remember him as only those who knew him are able. Those closest to him won’t be the least bit surprised if they discover the good whiskey was emptied out and the cheap stuff poured into the bottles. If you would like to attend, please respond to email@example.com.Print Obituary & Condolences