Author Best, Gary
Gary Best, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in
the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los
Angeles. After completing his doctoral studies at the University of
Minnesota in 1968, he joined the faculty at Cal State Los Angeles
where he served as professor and in several administrative capacities
including department chair, associate dean and dean. His last
assignment before retirement was as Associate Director of Teacher
Education for the California State University system.
Dr. Best, a Senior Fulbright
Scholar to Taiwan, Republic of China, in 1991, is widely published in
special education including one of the first introductory texts in his
field, several book chapters and more than three dozen articles in
peer reviewed journals and professional newsletters and magazines. He
is the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award from Cal State Los
Angeles as well as being named a Distinguished Alumnus of the CSLA
College of Education. He has also been recognized as The Alumnus of
The Year for Riverside Community College in California.
His first book outside his
professional publications is a war-time biography of a B-17
bombardier: Belle of the Brawl; Letters Home from a B-17
Gary lives with his wife in southern California.