Gary Elder was a helpful teacher, adventurous explorer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 10:16 p.m. CDT; updated 10:55 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

COLUMBIA — Gary Wayne Elder always had a passion for teaching and for mentoring children. Throughout his career, which lasted around 30 years, Mr. Elder was especially passionate about helping autistic and mentally disabled children.