John Gara is an accomplished broadcaster who has spent decades on the radio and television. He has worked as a deejay, a program director and a station owner.
He first got into broadcasting while in high school, constructing his own transmitter in his bedroom. He then got a job at Worcester radio station WORC.
Early Life and Education
A native of the Bronx, New York, John Gara attended a Christian Brothers high school novitiate in Barrytown. He later earned a master’s degree in education at Manhattan College and served as a teacher at La Salle Academy and Lincoln Hall Catholic Protectory for Boys.
O’Gara also worked as a research associate at the National Security Agency. He has published articles on military intelligence and served as an assistant secretary of state for intelligence policy.
After leaving government service, he started his own firm, O’Gara Associates, and has been in the private sector since 1985. He has been involved in various business ventures, including construction and real estate development. O’Gara serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Urban Programs and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice and Bench and Bar Section Councils.
john gara is an attorney who specializes in Real Estate: Business law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Williamsville Law School alumni chapter.
He is a Super Lawyer for 2015-2020 and was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2013. This peer recognition is awarded to attorneys who have attained an outstanding level of professional excellence in their practice.
He has served as a leader in the community and has volunteered at many organizations including Boys Town (2009-2018, Administrative Volunteer), Henry Doorly Zoo, United Way of Midlands and Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Nebraska State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He is the author of The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad.
Achievements and Honors
John Gara is a highly accomplished author, historian and researcher. He wrote several notable books including The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad which impressed President John F. Kennedy enough to place it in the White House library.
The WC alum also made a name for himself as an outspoken advocate for social justice and peace. He walked the walk by participating in demonstrations and peace vigils during the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement.
He is credited with the invention of the low power BlueGene supercomputer, which received the prestigious Seymour Cray Award from the IEEE Computer Society for its “innovations in low power, densely packaged supercomputing systems.” It is still in operation today and is a worthy successor to the classics of its time.
John Gara passed away on July 24th, surrounded by his family. He was born November 5, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his wife Regina and father Patrick O’Gara.
He is survived by his children Kathy Hanson and husband David, Debbie O’Gara, James O’Gara, Peggy Stone and husband Pete; grandchildren Cassie Benak (Andrew), Kayle Kleager, Jake O’Gara, Sailor O’Gara, Paige Stone, Paul Stone; great-grandchildren Melanie Benak, John Benak, Adelyn Kleager, Camden Kleager; brother Phil O’Gara, wife Joanne; and many nieces and nephews.
He is an emeritus professor of history at Wilmington College. He has been an educator and student activist since his student days, working to protect First Amendment freedoms in a variety of ways.
John Gara is an American businessman who has a net worth of $1 million. He is a co-founder of a security services company called Kroll-O’Gara. He is also a philanthropist and serves on the board of several institutions. He is a member of the Providence Center and Meeting Street School.
Patrick O’Gara has a net worth of over $133 thousand dollars as of 5 June 2016. He owns 190 units of Comtech Telecommunications stock and has made over 6 trades in the stock since 2014. As of this writing, he has exercised 190 shares of CMTL stock for $3,171. You can see his complete stock trading history by clicking on the link below. In addition to his stock investments, Patrick also owns a house in Holmby Hills.