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In Memory of

Betty Gallagher

September 11, 1941 - October 23, 2014

Obituary


Betty Cassiman Gallagher, 72, passed away in Charlottesville, Virginia, surrounded by family and friends on October 23, 2014. She was a loving mother, wife and humanitarian. Betty was born September 11, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Chicago, and later Westmont, Illinois, attending Downer’s Grove High School. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin ’63 (B.S. Biology) and earned her doctorate in Biology (Ph.D., Stanford ’84) while living in the San Francisco bay area, where she met her husband, Tom. She enjoyed working in biological research laboratories at the University...

Betty Cassiman Gallagher, 72, passed away in Charlottesville, Virginia, surrounded by family and friends on October 23, 2014. She was a loving mother, wife and humanitarian. Betty was born September 11, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Chicago, and later Westmont, Illinois, attending Downer’s Grove High School. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin ’63 (B.S. Biology) and earned her doctorate in Biology (Ph.D., Stanford ’84) while living in the San Francisco bay area, where she met her husband, Tom. She enjoyed working in biological research laboratories at the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, the Proctor Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of Virginia. Her two salient attributes were living life to the fullest and selflessness. She was an excellent bridge player, a talented seamstress, and a voracious reader, both at the beach and on the living room couch. Betty was game for just about any adventure, a walking trip down the Loire Valley or cross country skiing in Yosemite. Betty loved bringing joy into the lives of others, whether it was by having a party, which she thoroughly enjoyed, or helping those who were less fortunate. She worked tirelessly to right social injustice. Several of her efforts, such as the initiation of PACEM, were carried out within Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was an active participant in Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Prisoner Visitation and Support, Play Partners of Children Youth and Family Services, and Results. She was active in local politics, as a regular poll watcher and enthusiastic canvasser. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation (WI), Betty was proud of her Native American and Swiss heritage. She religiously wrote, in German, to her Swiss relatives and visited them whenever she could. She was predeceased by her mother Hedwig Vollenweider Cassiman and her father, Francis Arthur Cassiman. She is survived by her husband, Thomas F. Gallagher, her son, Thomas F. Gallagher, Jr., a sister Marsha Cassiman Mahoney, of Millbrae, California and her brothers Paul Cassiman of Lemoore, California and Roy Cassiman, of San Francisco, California. Her family would like to thank Drs. Freisen, Cirenza, Schiff, and Larner and Martha Jefferson House for their care of Betty. They are indebted to Ruby Thomas, Virginia Rovnyak and Ruth Washington for their tireless support over the last two years. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903.



In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in her name should be sent to Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (vadp.org).