CLAREMONT, Calif. - Corinne Gallman, 86, a devoted supporter of the arts and of the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation, passed away Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) in Claremont following a brief illness.
She was born Mary Corinne Herrick in 1926 in Allegany, N.Y., to Klea and Robert Herrick.
Ms. Gallman and her late husband, Gerald, attended Alfred (N.Y.) University, known for its art curriculum. While at the university, she was quite active, serving as editor-in-chief of the Fiat Lux student newspaper and as a member of the Student Affairs Committee. Before earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1947, she was honored with a mention in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Ms. Gallman remained an active supporter of her alma mater throughout her life.
Ms. Gallman later returned to school, earning a master's degree in education from Claremont Graduate University in 1966. She continued to play an energetic role in the Claremont Colleges community, working on the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation board of directors for several decades as well as serving a term as co-president. In addition to her interest in art, she was passionate about fine music, theater and the Los Angeles and San Francisco operas.
Ms. Gallman was a lifelong Christian scientist and chose to spend her final days at home, in an environment of beauty and peace, surrounded by friends and the art she loved. Friends say she was an enthusiastic and vital woman who will be sorely missed.