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Thomas F. Gallagher, Sr.
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Thomas Francis Gallagher, Sr.
Thomas F. Gallagher, Sr., shown at right, was born in Buck Mountain in 1876, the fourth of eight sons of Peter and Catherine Burns Gallagher. That Gallagher family also included Freeland barbers Edward and Peter Gallagher, and mine inspector Patrick Gallagher. Thomas Sr. quit school at age 9 to be a bucket boy in the mines, later becoming a mine engineer. He married Bridget Gallagher in 1904 and they had three sons before Bridget died in 1919. With the help of Thomas Sr.'s cousin, Sister Miriam Gallagher, all three boys attended and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. More of this story is recounted in the speech that Joan gave on the occasion of establishing the scholarship, here in PDF, linked further below.
The Thomas F. Gallagher, Sr. Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame
Joan Killian Gallagher and her brothers Paul and Peter established the Thomas F. Gallagher, Sr. Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame, later endowed by Joan, to celebrate their grandfather on their father's 80th birthday in 1992. The scholarship is meant to help students from Luzerne County to get a Notre Dame education. It was their birthday gift for their father, honoring his father and helping succeeding generations of students from Luzerne County to get a Notre Dame education.
When I asked Joan if I could share the speech she gave on that occasion here, she wrote: I would love to have you share. I am particularly hopeful that it could inspire some Freeland youngster to think of Notre Dame. I was very insistent that the scholarship be given to a Luzerne County student ...
The Thomas Francis Gallagher, Sr. Scholarship, by Joan Killian Gallagher - (PDF file size = 600 KB)
This was originally posted as a featured item on this site's home page by Joan Killian Gallagher on November 3, 2019. Thank you, Joan, for creating this scholarship and sharing information about your grandfather and the scholarship here.