Mary Galloway passed away December 17, 2013, in Ramona, CA, where she had been receiving medical treatment for a long illness. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, on March 22, 1924, to Raymond H. and Ethel B. Allen, the family moved to Crawfordsville, IN, in the late 1920s where Raymond took the position of general manager of Crawfordsville's RR Donnelley's plant. |
When she was 18 she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked in the newly completed Pentagon building as a civilian during World War II. At first her duties included reporting the deaths of service men, but she later was transferred to the Liaison office of Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the atomic bomb. She studied art at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and took language classes at Berlitz in Washington, D.C.
Mary married William Donald Galloway on October 26, 1944, in Crawfordsville. Don and his father, O.K. Galloway, operated the dodge and American Motors car dealership on the corner of Market and Water Street in Crawfordsville for over fifty years. Don passed away in October of 2002.
Mary was one of the first women pilots in Crawfordsville in the 1040s. When she was taking her pilot certification test, she had to position the plane in a free fall dive, but when she asked the instructor if she should pull the plane out of the dive, she noticed he had lost consciousness. She was an accomplished artist and a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. One of her last works, a water color, was selected for sale in a charity auction for the Alzheimer's Association.
An equestrian from her childhood on, she raised horses until late in her life. She enrolled at Purdue in her forties and earned her B.A., gaining state-wide recognition for flying from the family farm to the Purdue University Airport to attend classes. She briefly taught Spanish at North Montgomery High School.
Mary is survived by her son, William Douglas Galloway of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Cynthia Anne Galloway of Ramona, CA; and sister, Jane Bozanich of St. Cloud, MN. She was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond Allen and Richard Allen, and sister, Harriet Ade.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 23, 2014