Every day, educators across the nation are charged with changing the world in their communities through their education programs. In Indiana, Dr. Larry Gambaiani made a significant impact for thousands of students, educators, and communities over his career that spanned 55 years.
A humble and personable man, Larry grew up in the coal mining town of Blanford, Indiana, 25 miles north of Terre Haute. In 1947, he began his education by attending a four-room elementary school that had no running water and no bathrooms, a much different environment than what students are used to today. Following elementary school, Larry graduated from Clinton High School and, following graduation in 1959, he went on to become the first in his family to obtain a college degree.
It was at Indiana State University (then known as Indiana State Teachers College) that Larry found his passion for both business and teaching. His family recognized his interest and ability to work with young people and encouraged him to pursue a career as an educator rather than the business world. Larry, as an athlete, also had a desire to be a coach, a way to share wisdom while incorporating his love of athletics.