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John Gallagher, 87, Former Stamford Architect

STAMFORD, Conn. – John W. Gallagher, a former Stamford resident, died Sept. 27 at his home in Stratford. He was 87.

Born March 22, 1925, in Concord, Mass., he was the son of John J. and Ethel F. O'Brien Gallagher. He served as a first lieutenant navigator and radar observer bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

After the war, Gallagher remained in the Army Air Forces Reserve and graduated from Harvard College in 1949. In October of 1950, he was recalled to active duty in the Air Force, shortly after the U.S. entry into the Korean War. He attended pilot training, became a fighter pilot and was promoted to captain.

Gallagher met Julia Elizabeth "Betty" Tuttle during his pilot training in San Antonio, Texas. They married in September of 1952. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design after his second release and received a master's degree in architecture in 1957.

A member of the American Institute of Architects, Gallagher was a registered architect in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Texas. His previous employers include Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York City, Harrell and Hamilton in Dallas, Texas, Gallagher and Bishop Architects in Dallas and Hoberman and Wasserman Architects in New York City.

While in Texas, he was a visiting lecturer in design at Texas A&M University. Gallagher went on to join Norman Hoberman in Greenwich, forming Hoberman and Gallagher Architects.

He also started a number of other firms, including Spaces, an interior design firm, Greenwich Development Partnership, a development firm specializing in elderly housing, and GDP Management, a property management firm.

Gallagher lived with his family in Stamford from 1966-95, when he retired and moved to the Oronoque Village community in Stratford. While in Stamford, he was an assistant Scout master with Troop 3 for several years.

Gallagher was predeceased by his wife, Betty; and a son, Robert. He is survived by two sons, David B. Gallagher, of Austin, and John E. (Rocio Cervantes) Gallagher, of Norwalk; and four grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at William R. McDonald Funeral Home in Stratford. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Church in Stratford. A reception will follow at Oronoque Country Club. Burial with full military honors will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to hospice to the American Red Cross, Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas, or to a favorite charity.

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