Georgia Tech Mourns Loss of Dean Galloway

Dean Galloway was a true champion for the College of Architecture

The Georgia Tech campus and community are mourning the loss of College of Architecture Dean Thomas Galloway, who passed away Sunday, March 11.

"I am deeply saddened by this news," said Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough. "Tom Galloway was my dear friend and respected colleague. His profound dedication to his students and his unique contributions to the Institute are a remarkable legacy in the true tradition of Georgia Tech's outstanding leaders."

Galloway came to Georgia Tech in 1992 from the College of Design at Iowa State University, where he served as dean and professor from 1985 to 1992. He also held faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Kansas.

During his tenure as dean, he was instrumental in shaping the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech in light of profound transformation. Under Galloway's leadership, the College realized many changes and milestones. In 1993, the college established a new partnership for its Paris Study Abroad Program with the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris LaVillette and established the Shenyang Program at Shenyang Technological University in China. In recent years, he extended Georgia Tech's relationship with the United Arab Emirates, chairing a team that reviewed a new College of Engineering and Design at the University of Abu Dhabi and served as an urban planning consultant to the Sheik.

Galloway focused his efforts to redefine the mission of the College, strengthen its academic programs, integrate research programs with academic instruction and fully engage the College with the expanded academic, research and service missions of the Institute. The initiation of the Common First Year, the creation of two endowed chairs-the Harry West Chair for Quality Growth and Regional Development and the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design-and the increase in the number of Ph.D. students are all a testament to his leadership and commitment to interdisciplinary education and research.

"Dean Galloway was a true champion for the College of Architecture," said Thomas W. Ventulett III, friend of the Galloway family, Georgia Tech alumnus (1957, College of Architecture) and chairman emeritus of the College of Architecture Development Council, Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Atlanta. "His relentless work ethic and gift for recognizing and attracting talent enabled him to leave a profound legacy at Georgia Tech and in the larger community. Tom created an environment at the College of Architecture that enabled his talented faculty and staff to flourish."

Ventulett continued, "Tom was a wonderful communicator who was able to unite people on campus and throughout the built-environment professions. He was a civic-minded person who truly cared about Georgia Tech, Midtown and Atlanta as a whole."

Some of Galloway's most recent academic and professional honors include a listing among the '30 Leaders Who Bridge Practice and Education' in America's Best Architecture and Design Schools, published in the 2005 edition of Design Intelligence, and as a Lexus Leader of the Arts by Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Tom Galloway was a loving husband, father and friend with an infectious smile and humble spirit. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 40 years, Sharon Perry Galloway, their children-Stacy and Derek Haywood, Rick and Shannon Galloway, and Kelly and Adam Eby-and grandchildren Thomas Galloway, Cara Galloway, Max Galloway, and Kace Galloway. He is preceded in death by his parents, the Reverends Ruth (Jones) and Roy Galloway. He is also survived by his beloved sisters and brothers.

The family has planned a memorial service for Friday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus. A reception will follow at the College of Architecture Atrium, West Architecture Building, 247 Fourth Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Dean Thomas D. Galloway Memorial Fund for the College of Architecture in care of the Georgia Tech Foundation. Gifts of remembrance should be made out to the Georgia Tech Foundation, with the name of the fund on the memo line, or with an accompanying note and sent to:

Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
760 Spring Street, N.W., Suite 400
Atlanta, Georgia 30308