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Robert H. Gallavan

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Robert H. Gallavan Obituary
September 14, 1924 - August 31, 2016 Robert H. Gallavan (Bob), 91, son of George Gallavan and Ida L. Link, passed away peacefully and took his angel flight west Aug 31, 2016 in St. Johns, Florida. Bob was born on September 14, 1924 in San Bernardino, California where he was raised on a walnut farm and ranch and attended school until called to active duty with the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in March 1943. Bob completed pilot training and was commissioned as a second lieutenant at Marfa Army Air Field, Texas in February 1945. He spent the next 32 years of his life as a US Air Force officer. He piloted numerous propeller heavy bomber and cargo aircraft and jet fighter and transport aircraft throughout his career. He served in a variety of staff and command positions in the US, Europe,Guam,Korea and Thailand. Bob supported the Atomic Energy Commission in early experimental weapons tests and participated in many of the early drone, missile and air defense weapons systems development tests. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State College and served as an Air Science Professor at Loyola University, Los Angeles, California. He served in Europe during the Berlin Wall and Cuban Missile crises and was involved in the contingency planning to deter the crises. The latter part of his career involved assignments in the Pentagon and Wright Patterson Air Force base developing the reconnaissance capabilities of the US Air Force. In 1967-1968, Bob served a combat tour in Udorn, Thailand as Operations Deputy for the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. He finished his career as the Air Force Plant Representative, Rockwell International, B-1 Bomber Division and Deputy System Program Director, B-1 Bomber System Program Office (Los Angeles), Air Force Systems Command. Bob was a Command Pilot and his military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. He was a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement from the military, Bob moved to Chicago, Illinois and was employed by Baxter Travenol Labs Inc. for 18 years where he served as Vice President Quality and Regulatory Affairs. He was instrumental in developing quality control programs to bring Baxter's manufacturing processes in compliance with FDA health standards. After his retirement from Baxter, Bob spent his time golfing, travelling, writing and flying light airplanes.He also served as the President of his local EAA chapter. He is survived by his children Christopher, Robert, Kathleen, Stephen, Angela and Thomas Gallavan, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Bob will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery, San Bernardino, California. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 3, 2016
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