Many of you did not know — which was how Gary wanted it — that he had been battling cancer, as well as Parkinson’s disease, for the past year. He never wanted the fuss and attention that came with that type of news and simply wanted to keep doing what he loved, without disruption, for the students to whom he was so dedicated. He was receiving care with some of the most recently approved cancer treatments at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. We had great hopes for extending Gary’s time with us, and we did everything we could to give him a chance to beat this horrible disease, but it was not to be.
Our family is so grateful for the unbelievable outpouring of love and admiration for Gary. During his short time at hospice, we read to him the many letters we received there, as well as the comments left on this site. He heard your words and knew that he was surrounded by your love and appreciation.
As so many of you have told us, Gary was a Valparaiso rock star and a Valparaiso institution. We know his impact will be felt for generations of students to come.
Please continue to leave your comments about dear Mr. Webster on this website. We will cherish each and every one.
Memorial services are pending and will be announced when they are available.