Gale was born and grew up in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from St. Vincent College in 1966 and a Ph.D. from SUNY-Buffalo in 1972. He taught sociology at Mansfield University for 35 years before retiring in December 2005.
Gale Largey married Kathleen Werrick and settled in Wellsboro, PA . They have three children: Melissa (b. 1974), Benjamin (b. 1976), & Erin (b. 1978).
His early publications dealt with the sociology of odors, the social impact of sex selection technology, and reversible sterilizations. With the help of students, he also produced a series of socio-historical publications/studies of local communities: Roseville (PA), Liberty, Morris Township, Wellsboro, and Mansfield University.
Between 1989 and 2002, working with Richard Feil, Marilyn Bok and Mansfield University students, he co-directed annual statewide telephone surveys (THE PUBLIC MIND) on legislative issues relating to gambling, smoking, global warming, vouchers, and capital punishment. In turn, findings were shared with Governors Casey, Ridge, and governmental leaders willing to consider public sentiments.
In 1995, directing students in a Social Problems course, he helped to produce a documentary entitled College Binge Drinking that was eventually distributed on numerous college campuses. Since then, he has directed and produced numerous documentaries, including: A Dream Come True: The Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival (1995); The Austin Disaster, 1911: A Chronicle of Human Courage (1997); People of Honor: The Impact of WWII on Tioga County (2001); A Century of Progress: Presidential Reflections (2005); Lester Ward: A Life's Journey (2005); A Conversation with Dr. Harold L. McPheeters: Founder of Human Service Education in the U.S. (2008); Those Were The Days: Class of 1962 (2012); and, Lost & Found: Catholic Beliefs & Honesty in the 1950's (2013), Lessons of Sister Victoria: Life in the 1950's(2014); William B. Wilson: A Life's Journey(2016), The Helmet(2017).
Most importantly, Gale has been blessed with a wonderful wife, children, grandchildren, in-laws, and friends. Nothing is ever accomplished without the support of others.