The Power of One Man’s Vision

Not many people know who Captain William (Bill) Gary, USMCR (Ret) was. But his death in January of 2014 gave me pause to think about the impact his vision has had on me.

Captain Gary was the driving force in founding the Marine Military Academy (MMA) in 1965.

He had a vision of providing young men, including this own son, with an education based on traditions and ideals inspired by the United States Marine Corps. In the early 1960s, Captain Gary began looking for a school for his son. He specifically wanted to send his son to a secondary school that embraced the ideology of the Marine Corps. 

Captain Gary believed the concepts of leadership, discipline, and more values could be successfully applied to a college-preparatory education.