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Gates tapped to give APSU's Winter Commencement address

November 25, 2003


An Austin Peay State alumnus has been selected to give the keynote address during the Universitys 2003 Winter Commencement.

Larry Gates, Nashville, will speak to 485 candidates for graduation, their families and friends at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the Dave Aaron Arena of the Winfield Dunn Center.
November 25, 2003


An Austin Peay State alumnus has been selected to give the keynote address during the University's 2003 Winter Commencement.

Larry Gates, Nashville, will speak to 485 candidates for graduation, their families and friends at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the Dave Aaron Arena of the Winfield Dunn Center.

A 1952 graduate of APSU with a chemistry major, Gates worked for the DuPont Company for 33 years, until his retirement in 1985. At DuPont, he helped develop the bullet-resistant vest used by police officers worldwide. His work took him to all 50 states and 45 foreign countries.

Now in his second career since retiring from the DuPont Company, Gates is the vice president for investments for Heidtke and Co., Inc., Nashville.

In addition to having two successful careers, Gates' avocation, which he calls his “ministry,” for the past 32 years has been writing and performing first-person monologues of Biblical characters and historical figures, including Gen. George Patton. Gates averages 20-25 presentations annually and has performed in 11 states for more than 100,000 people.

Gates and his wife, Beverly, have two adult children and four grandchildren.
—Dennie Burke