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educator , real estate broker , mental health superintendent

Don Gilbert Polly, Indiana Mental Health Superintendent, Educator, & Real Estate Broker. Named Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert Orr of Indiana, 1987; Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governors Julian M. Carroll, 1979 and Martha Layne Collins, 1986; Graduate, Realtors Institute, DeKalb County, Georgia, 1977. Resides in Naples, Florida.


Polly, Don Gilbert was born on November 7, 1939 in a humble Appalachian two-room home, overlooking the small town of Whitesburg (Letcher County), Kentucky.


Attended First Grade at age five in a small two-room (for Grades 1-4 & 5-8) schoolhouse (without utilities) in Whitco, (Letcher County) KY. Graduated North Vernon, IN High School in 1957. Bachelor Of Arts, Morehead State University (KY), 1961; Master of Arts in Education Administration, Morehead State University (KY), 1965; Postgraduate (6th year life certificate), School of Education., Indiana University, 1965-1967; Indiana University School of Law, 1967-68; University of Georgia, 1981 Postgraduate (Ed.D courses), School of Education.


Teacher, Everglades City (Florida) High School, Everglades City, Florida, 1961-1963; Rowan County High School, Morehead, Kentucky, 1963-1965; Muscatatuck State Hospital and Training Center, Butlerville, Indiana, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1965-1967, Training Director, 1981-1982, Superintendent, 1981-91. Counselor, Naples (Florida) High School, 1968-1969.

Vocational Admissions Counselor, Dekalb Tech & College, Clarkston, Georgia, 1969-1971; Assistant Principal, Tucker (Georgia) High School, 1971-1972; Co-owner/director, Little Folks Village Day Care Center and Kindergarten, Lithonia, Georgia, 1972-1981; Member, School Board Jennings County Schools, North Vernon, Indiana, 1982-1984; Florida, Georgia, & Indiana Real Estate Broker.


Member: Southern Indiana Steering Committee, Department Mental Health, 1982; Moderator & Committee member , Governor's Conference on Mental Health, 1984; Board of Directors of Special Services Unit, Special Education Board, Madison, Indiana, 1984-91; National Association of Superintendents for Public Residential Facilities for Mental Retardation; American Association Mental Retardation; Morehead State University (KY) Alumni Association; Jennings County Chamber of Commerce, 1989-91; South Central Indiana Investment Club President, 1988-90; Christian (since age 9); 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, & Shriner.


Known for his friendly smile.


  • Other Interests

    Professional Musician (Cornet Player and Singer), Amateur Extra "Ham" Radio Operator, Uechi Ryu Okinawan Karate Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt), Private Pilot, former Ballroom Dance Instructor and Indiana Auctioneer, traveled to 55 countries, and Florida Real Estate Broker


Sweetheart: Sonia Munoz, born February 3, 1947 in San Jose, Costa Rica, dancing partner, companion, and love of my life.

Son of Gilbert H. and Martha Jane (Craft) Polly.

Children: Kimberly Ann, Dustin Gregory Randall, & Jonathan Benjamin.

Gilbert H. Polly

Born February 4, 1907, Rock House Creek, Sackett, (Letcher Co.) KY

Deceased February 28, 1982, Columbus, IN

Martha Jane (Craft) Polly

Born May 3,1907, (Bull Creek) Watergap, (Floyd Co.) KY

Deceased Nov. 29, 1990, Columbus, IN

Kimberly Ann Polly

Born April 27, 1963, Miami, FL

Dustin Gregory Randall Polly

Born July 10, 1969, Miami, FL

Jonathan Benjamin Polly

Born July 1, 1975, Atlanta, GA

Jack Randall Polly

Born June 25, 1997 at Edwards Air Force Base, California

Sabrina Polly

Born September 8, 1999 at Charleston, South Carolina

Brandy Polly

Born December 13, 1971

Dustin's wonderful wife.

Marvin Dewey Beltran Polly

Born July 22, 1933 (Bull Creek) Watergap, (Floyd County) Kentucky

paternal grandfather:
William Raylene "Tea" Polly

paternal grandmother:
Dicy Breeding

maternal grandfather:
Benjamin Washington Craft

maternal grandmother:
Ruhama Hazeltine Wills