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December 5, 2014
Gary Massey Ketchum
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Gary Massey Ketchum died peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning, December 5, 2014 in Tallahassee. He was 72 years of age.

Gary was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, B.W.I., on December 12, 1941 where his father was stationed in the Army Medical Corps. Gary and his mother arrived in New York on a troop ship six weeks later. The Ketchum family moved to Tallahassee in 1949, and Gary graduated Leon High School in 1959 and Emory University in 1963.

He joined the Navy and served on the USS Wright as Air Traffic Control Officer. In 1968, Gary entered law school at the University of Florida where he was Executive Editor of the Florida Law Review.

After earning his juris doctorate in 1969 from Florida, Gary joined the law firm of Holland & Knight in Tampa, and later Fowler White, specializing in admiralty law. He returned to Tallahassee in 1978 and was a partner at McCord Bubsey & Ketchum practicing primarily land use law, and beginning in 1995 was associated and "of counsel" with the law firm of Stephen S. Dobson III in the area of criminal defense.
After 41 years, Gary retired from the practice of law in 2010.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, Clarence M. Ketchum, M.D. and Eleanor M. Ketchum, and his son Toby Ketchum. He is survived by his wife Wendy W. Ketchum of Tallahassee, his son Peter V. Ketchum and daughter-in-law Elena Paras Ketchum of Tampa, son John Ketchum of Hudson, sister Kay Ketchum McNinch of Richmond, TX and his three nephews and their families. more ...

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on December 10-16, 2014