Gary Naugler was born in rural Lunenburg County. Initially attending a one-room school and later King’s College School in Windsor, he graduated from Nova Scotia Normal College in 1959. After teaching for 2 years in the Annapolis Valley, he moved to western Canada and entered the University of Saskatchewan, earning a B.A. (Cum Laude) with a double major in chemistry and biology, and a B.Ed. (Cum Laude). Following 5 years in Whitehorse, Yukon where he taught senior chemistry and rose to the position of vice principal of F.H. Collins Secondary School, he accepted a position with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and completed 2 assignments in Ghana, West Africa; the first at Secondi College, Sekondi, and the latter at the Advanced Teacher Training College in Winneba. Wanting to ski, and taking advantage of the then-recent Olympics at Val d’Isère, France, his African tenure was punctuated by a year of study (on the side) at the Université de Grenoble where he earned a Certificat Pratique de la Lange Française.
Following the completion of his second assignment with CIDA, he returned to the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 1981 with a Doctorate in Medicine (Cum Laude). Subsequently, he spent 35 years as a general practitioner in Saskatoon. Now retired, he and his wife Myrtle live in Saskatoon, spending winters in their home in North Port, Florida. They have a daughter, Anne, in Saskatoon and a son, Douglas in Vancouver, BC.
While admitting to being “a transplant”, Dr Naugler claims very deep roots in Nova Scotia, still maintaining contact with many former teaching colleagues, as well as a large family network.