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Gallagher, Thomas D.

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January 1, 1941 - May 12, 2015

Gallagher, Thomas D.

Thomas Daniel Gallagher was a gentleman, patriot, friend, loving husband, and dedicated father and grandfather. Tom was born to his parents, the late Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Catherine McCullough Gallagher, on New Year’s Day, 1941, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Alice Mulhern Gallagher, and their children Dr. Molly Gallagher Kolski, Tom Gallagher and wife Civic, Capt. Matthew Gallagher and wife Kelly, Katie Gallagher Coligado and husband David.  His grandchildren: Lauren, David, and Julia Kolski, Gus and Lucy Coligado, Joseph and Mary Gallagher, and Annabelle and Willie Crowson.  Tom was also greatly loved by his many nieces and nephews.  Tom was an only child, so Mary Alice’s four brothers and three sisters, along with their spouses, embraced Tom as a brother.

Tom received a Congressional Appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1962.  He was a proud alumnus and loyal friend to his fellow classmates, particularly the 18th company.  Tom and his wife, Mary Alice, were sweethearts at St. Mary’s High school and married after he completed Basic School at Quantico, VA on April 27, 1963.  He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, loyally served his country for 13 months in Vietnam, and attained the rank of Captain.    Following his military career, Tom had a successful 35-year career with IBM both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Over the years, his family made many moves all over the states, thanks to the military and IBM, settling in Dallas, TX in 1980. Just as their youngest child left for college, Tom was offered an opportunity to work for IBM in Europe and he and Mary Alice enjoyed a 7-year adventure in London and Paris before returning to Dallas.

Tom was a life-long runner, biker and a disciplined exerciser.  He enjoyed his bike trips to Europe yearly, with his friend/brother in-law Erwin Storz.  He loved volunteering at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  And he was always there to help his grown-children with grandchildcare, home improvement and repairs.

His legacy is his sense of humor and generosity.  Tom was honest, witty and smart.  He was extremely loyal to his family, friends, and classmates.  Tom quietly and selflessly served others.  Without a doubt, he sacrificed and worked hard as a husband and father to provide the very best he could for his family.

A funeral mass will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at All Saints Catholic Church (5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas, TX 75248) and a military burial at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made in Tom’s memory to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children, and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252




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Peter Smith

September 17, 2015 7:54PM

Please accept my belated condolences to Mary Alice and the Gallagher family. I did not learn of Tom's death until a few days ago when my brother told me he had seem word of it in a recent Naval Academy Alumni magazine. I first knew Tom when we were growing up in South Wilkes Barre (St.Teresa's grade school, I think) and later at St.Mary's High School as part of the unique and memorable Class of 58. For me, Tom was one of the best of us, respected and admired by classmates and teachers, especially for his quiet steady temperment, sharp mind and sense of humor and his great outside jump shot on the basketball court. We were all proud of him when he got the appointment to the Naval Academy. I don't think Tom ever knew he was a source of inspiration to my brother when he was at Annapolis after Tom graduated. I knew about his honored service in the Marines but did not know about his long career with IBM ,his years in Europe and his volunteer work after he retired. I regret very much that we did not stay in touch. I have very fond memories of Tom and Mary Alice in those long-ago days, walking or dancing together. The thought of them together always seemed just right to me then and still does.

Richard Clarke

June 12, 2015 6:32PM

Such a great family and a leader in all he was a part of.

John F Carey

June 12, 2015 1:39PM

Dear Mary Alice and Tommy's wonderful family
I was deeply saddened to read of Tommy's death. I grew up across the street from Tommy at 43 Marlborough Ave. We were very close friends in the old neighborhood, playing all sorts of games together. Tommy was my substitute "go-to" guy on my paper route whenever I was too ill to peddle my papers.
Tom's dad, "Doc", died in our front parlor, having suffered a heart attack on his way to the bus stop to go to his office. Tommy was just a young kid at the time and Catherine did an exemplary job of raising him by herself. His intelligence was obvious. His accomplishments speak for themselves.
I was just coming home from three years' duty in France about the time Tommy was shipping out to 'Nam. Catherine told me he was posted to DaNang. The last time I saw Tommy was at my mother's wake in 1971.
Please accept my most heart-felt condolences.
John F. Carey 35 Ellicott Rd. Milford,NJ 08848

Melinda Alexander

June 08, 2015 9:30AM

Tom is going to be greatly missed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He was an outstanding volunteer. He brightened everyone's day with his witty personality and humorous nature. Our clinic will not be the same without him. We will always remember him as a joyful man with a cheerful and sweet spirit. He was always willing to lend a hand whenever and wherever needed. The Lord definitely gained a one of a kind angel when he got Tom.
We are praying for your family during this very difficult time.

Don karns

June 06, 2015 8:50PM

I volunteered with Tom at Scottish-rite for 7 years. We worked sided by side for all those years. He was such a joy to be around. I will never forget him. He was so smart. We checked in families to the clinics and we have families off all ethnicities. We always call them by their last names. When we would have an East Indian family their name usually had many letters with maybe only two syllables and the rest constants. I had no clue how to pronounce it. I would turn to Tom. The family would say he nailed it. I dearly miss Tom and I only knew him for eight years