Wallace “Wally? Gair
SPRINGFIELD ” Wallace “Wally? Gair, 76, of Springfield, died Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born March 30, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Bernard and Ann Finger Gair. He married Carole Williams Becker in 1998. His parents; first wife, Jane Cooper Gair; and one stepson, Jeff Becker, preceded him in death.
Mr. Gair was a broadcaster for Channel 20, Executive Director of the Illinois Broadcasters Association for 20 years, and a lobbyist and political consultant for Democratic candidates. He was a United States Army veteran. He was a member of Christ the King Church, founding member of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, founder of the National Association of Broadcast Executives, and received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. He graduated from Bradley University with a degree in broadcasting and taught History of Broadcasting at Bradley University and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Survivors: wife, Carole Gair of Springfield; two sons, Chris (wife, Vilia Dedinas) Gair of Elmhurst and Brad (wife, Marina) Gair of Brooklyn, NY; one stepdaughter, Diane (husband, Jeff) Harper of Shorewood; two stepsons, Brad (wife, Sharon) Becker of Springfield and David Becker of Las Vegas, NV; eight grandchildren, Dana and Brendan Montgomery-Gair, Justin, Ryan, and Adam Becker, Judy and Katie Harper, and Cheyenne Hoover; mother-in-law, Mary Williams of Chatham; one brother, Douglas Gair of Orlando, FL; one brother-in-law, Harold Williams of Chatham; and several cousins.
Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Association.
Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2007. Services: 11:30 am, Monday, August 6, 2007, Deacon Al Laabs officiating. Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors. Staab Funeral Home of Service.