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Stanley J. Gallagher Longtime Mill Valley resident, Stan Gallagher, passed away suddenly at his home on July 27, 2013. He was quietly visiting with Evelyn, his wife of 60 years, at that time. Stan was born in San Mateo, Ca. on March 23, 1927 to Marie Dunnigan and Charles I. Gallagher; the youngest of four sons. He lived in Burlingame and later moved to San Francisco, where he graduated from George Washington High School. He lived for a brief time in Bremerton, Washington, and then returned to San Francisco to be in the executive training program at the Emporium. It was here that he met Evelyn Mitchell; they were married in December, 1952. After being drafted to the Army, Stan was sent to Korea, serving there until 1954. On returning home, he moved his family to Mill Valley. He was employed as the Office/Sales Manager for two laundries in SF. In 1967 he went to Computer school to master "new" computer sciences. Because of these skills, he was employed by SF State University as the Assistant to the Dean of the School of Natural Sciences. He later became Director of Academic Services, his position until he retired in 1982. Stan was a man who was interested in many things. He was always involved with all of his sons' activities; served as PTA President of Strawberry Point School, Assistant Scout Master for Troop 33, a Little League parent, and Sunday School Superintendent at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fireman for Alto-Richardson Bay Fire District and was involved with the Strawberry Area Community Council. Stan loved the outdoors and would run miles each morning before work at SF State. He ran two marathons and the Dipsea Race. He loved rock climbing in Yosemite and camping in the snow. He climbed Mt. Shasta 16 times. On one of many trips with the Boy Scouts, he and his sons travelled to Canada to complete a canoe trip around the Bowron Lakes. One of his great wishes was to hike around the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal which he did in 1981. Stan and Evelyn loved to RV around the country, travelling across the US and Canada and to Alaska. They also took several trips abroad to Europe, China, Australia, Brazil and visited their three foreign exchange students, Eckart Genrich of Germany, Lars Rasmussen of Denmark and Astrid Gomes of Brazil. Stan became interested in the AIDS epidemic through volunteering with the American Red Cross and resolved to educate the public of the dangers of the disease. He received many commendations for all his work teaching many groups, including: Bay Area fire departments, the Marin Coast Guard, hospital and public health staffs, school staffs and the students, and even travelling with a medical group to China as guests of the Chinese Medical Association in 1990. In later years, Stan and Evelyn joined the Mill Valley Seniors Club which they thoroughly enjoyed. Stan is survived by his wife Evelyn, sons Michael Gallagher of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Steven Gallagher of San Francisco, brother Robert Gallagher of Santa Maria, Ca., niece Michelle Gallagher of Portola Valley and several other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by son Scott Gallagher and brothers Charles Gallagher and John (Jack) Gallagher. Stan was an outgoing and dynamic man who was loved and admired by all who knew him. He is already greatly missed. A Memorial Service will take place at Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church on August 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM., 410 Sycamore Ave. Mill Valley, Ca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a .
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Aug. 2 to Aug. 7, 2013
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