Dawn Gerety Obituary, Death – On July 30, 2011, Daniel Gerety, a longtime native of Alaska who had been battling multiple myeloma bravely, lost his valiant struggle with the disease and died away peacefully in the comfort of his home in Tucson, Arizona. He had reached the age of 72. Littleton, Colorado was the location where Tony and Rita Gerety gave birth to their son Dan on February 19, 1939. The birth took place in the city of Littleton.
After graduating from Littleton High School in 1957 and going on to further his studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he became a member of the fraternity known as Delta Tau Delta, he married his high school sweetheart in 1960. After graduating from law school, Dan drove his 1964 Porsche, a car he kept for the rest of his life, all the way to Alaska because he had been accepted for a clerkship in the chambers of Justice John Dimond of the Alaska Supreme Court. Dan stayed in Alaska for the duration of his clerkship.
The car remained in Dan’s possession until the very end of his life. In the past, he had toyed with the notion of remaining in Alaska for a period of one year. However, when he got there, he discovered that he liked living there so much that he chose to do so permanently. He attended the University of Colorado and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering there in 1962. His year of graduation was 1962.
Following that, he went on to acquire a degree in law from Georgetown University in the year 1966. In spite of the fact that he was still attending law school at the time, he was successful in passing the bar examination required to operate as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 1967, he received authorization to engage in legal practice not only in the state of Alaska but also in the state of Colorado.
After a brief reception at Anchorage International Airport, the newlyweds jetted off to Australia, where they lived, worked, and traveled for over two years, and where their first daughter, Dawn, was born. The wedding took place in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1969. Anchorage played host to Dan and Arlene Rojan’s reception following their wedding. After Dan and Arlene came back to Anchorage, Dan began working as an attorney for the legal firm of Delaney, Wiles, Moore and Hayes. Arlene also began working there as an attorney.