Born in Garden Grove, CA on Sept. 14, 1900. A graduate of Los Angeles Bible Institute, Gandy was pastor of the Eagle Rock Baptist Church. In his leisure he studied painting locally at Chouinard and Otis art institutes. During summers he lived in Yosemite in a wooden teepee at the entrance to Camp Curry. He sold his paintings to the tourists and acted as their tour guide. For awhile he had a radio show and became well known for his stories about the Yosemite Indians. Gandy was an art teacher at Pasadena Nazarene College when he died of heart failure on Oct. 16, 1947. Sinclair Lewis loosely based his book, Elmer Gantry, on him. The book was made into a movie and Burt Lancaster won an Oscar for the role. Exh: Otis Art Inst. Alumni, 1
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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