Col. Charles Patrick Gallagher (Ret.)|
May 29, 1929 ~ Mar. 28, 2014
Resident of Walnut Creek
Charles Patrick Gallagher passed away on March 28, 2014 in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 84. He was born in Bayonne, New Jersey to Patrick and Nancy Gallagher, formerly of Donegal, Ireland. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 53 years, as well as brother Daniel (Helen) of Lakewood, New Jersey, and various cousins, nephews, and a niece.
Over a thirty year span in the U.S. Army, he served on the Pentagon staff, in the armor, infantry, engineer, and military police divisions, and in the Counter Intelligence Corps. Among his awards are the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star w/3 OLCs, the Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLCs, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Air Medal.
A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Naval War College, he was awarded a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Maryland. From there he went on to complete an M.S. in International Affairs and an M.S. in Financial Management at George Washington University. He was also designated as a Certified Protection Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security.
Following military retirement he joined Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco and retired as Manager of Corporate Security.
During retirement, the art of bonsai, suiseki, and photography were his major interests. He also served as President of the East Bay Bonsai Society and, later, as a docent at the Lake Merritt Bonsai Garden.
Charles' final years were eased significantly by James and Susan Brennan of San Jose, and by many friends.
Affiliations included: Contra Costa Chapter of the Military Officers Association; Lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1664, Newton, Massachusetts; Retired Military Police Officers Association; American Society for Industrial Security (Certified Protection Professional).
Donations in his memory may be made to any activity of your choosing.
Interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (Veterans), 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, California, on Friday, April 25th, at 10:30 a.m.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 22, 2014