Joseph B. Gallagher died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
Son of the late Bernard J. and Mary Stage Gallagher, he grew up in Wilkes-Barre, graduated from Scranton Prep, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Penn State and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell.
As a senior research engineer, he was a leading authority on nuclear valves.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, Cary, N.C.; son, Mark, Philadelphia; daughter, Sara, at home; siblings, Eileen Lutz, Patricia Cole, Bernard, Michael, Molly Bronsberg, Sharon Wilson and Katie Knappman; numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Carverton, at noon Saturday. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery.