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Gary Lynn Denman

June 9, 1939 May 5, 2019
Gary Lynn Denman
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Dr. Gary Lynn Denman, 79, of Pinehurst, NC passed away peacefully May 5, 2019 at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst surrounded by his family.

Dr. Denman was born in Piqua, Ohio on June 9, 1939 to the late Stephan A. Denman and Dortha Valentine Denman. He grew up in Piqua, where he met and married Elizabeth Blayney, his high school sweetheart. They enjoyed 61 loving years of marriage and had two children.

Gary received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and both his master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He had a long career with the Air Force Department of Defense, where he served as a director and consultant. Throughout this time, he directed many specialty research teams and authored numerous technical papers in the areas of materials and manufacturing. He served as Director of the U.S. Air Force’s Materials Laboratory and later as Deputy Director of Wright Laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH before becoming Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 1991. He was a frequent spokesperson for the Department of Defense and interfaced with Congressional Committees and White House Senior staff. In 1997, Dr. Denman became the Chief Operating Officer at GRCI. GRCI was a NYSE publicly traded company which performed professional engineering services for government and industrial organizations. He ended his career with GRCI as their President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2000 he moved to Pinehurst, NC with his wife Elizabeth to pursue their dream of living on a golf course. He was an avid golfer and member and enthusiastic supporter of the Tin Whistles.

Gary is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Denman; daughter, Judith Hauser (Peter); son, Michael Denman (Janet); grandchildren, Henry and Lydia Hauser, Samuel and Frances Denman; and one brother, Stephen Denman (Joanne).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, 125 Everett Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to Tin Whistle Educational and Research Foundation (TWERF) at 5 Dawn Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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10:30 AM 5/18/2019 10:30:00 AM
Community Presbyterian Church

125 Everett Road
Pinehurst, NC 28370

Community Presbyterian Church
125 Everett Road Pinehurst 28370 NC
United States

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