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Joel Gallaher

Joel Gallaher

From Joel's sister, Kathleen:

I am Joel's oldest sister. He died July 20, 1988, four days after my wedding. He had a very rare form of skin cancer that was internal and was a medical puzzle. He died at home, and lived life fully to the very end. When he got sick, he was living in Washington DC doing a semester there to complete his studies in architecture. He was in his last semester of classes at Cal Poly SLO and expected to graduate as an architect. We miss Joel, and his nutty sense of humor, intelligence, love of music,and the fun he brought to every occasion is with us still. I still remember Joel in the Muir production of "Music Man." Shipoopie!

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02/03/09 09:15 AM #1    

Diane Harder (Davidson)

Joel died of cancer, before the 10 year reunion, if I recall correctly. What a loss. He had been a part of Pasadena Presbyterian Church and, through some of the twists of my life, I know the pastors there now. They were the pastors of my church in Troy, NY and I got my pre-marital counseling from them. So, I have asked them to contact the family for a statement. I did see Joel's mother there, on a visit to CA and at worship one Sunday, and I said a word of remembrance to her.

02/20/09 11:00 PM #2    

Shirley Andrews (Quick)

At this moment I cant remember the date for sure but I think it was in 1989 or maybe 1988. I know I was still living in Altadena at the time. He died of skin cancer. They had a memorial for him at his church. I had spoken to him about a month before his death to tell him of another friend of ours, Suzanna Roman(JMHS 77) who had passed away. Unfortunatly his illness was farther along then I realized at the time and I never got to go and say good-bye.
He is missed a lot

06/03/09 03:53 PM #3    

Nicholas Razum

Joel passed away from a brain tumor in July 1988. Tragic, and one of the first lessons in life for many of us that life is fragile. He was a great friend through high school, I miss his laugh, eagerness to make others laugh, and his attempts to not take ourselves too seriously. He was strong in his faith and in a better place now.

06/15/10 11:14 PM #4    

David Rutherford

From: Rodney Gray

I would like to post a comment about Joel. I am a graduate of the class of '77. Joel was part of my click and we both were active at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In a weird twist of faith, I now live in San Luis Obispo where Joel went to Cal Poly. Please let me know at your earliest convenience.

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