Gary W. Studebaker is an older brother of Ted Studebaker. He served in BVS and IVS as an agriculturalist in the country of Laos. He earned his teaching credentials at Manchester College (BS), California State University, L.A. (MA), and the University of Oregon (EdD). His career in special education included that of teacher, administrator, and academic coach to special education teachers in Southern California. He also taught special education at National University.