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Memorial Tributes, Volume 12
was attended by more than 600 people from around the world, including many of his close professional colleagues.
Dick had a terrific sense of humor and insisted that Terry accompany him to 78 countries, six continents, and nine cruises because she shared his wit. They both truly completed each other’s personalities and both had a vigorous love of the “arts.” Whether it was plays, musicals, or museums, they were in the audience applauding heartily. They were also great sports enthusiasts. As president of Clarkson University, Dick and his wife delighted in having good seats for the hockey games, his all-time favorite sport, and he saw to it that the building of a 3,000-seat hockey arena was a top priority. One of his fondest hobbies was “doing in ink” the New York Times crossword puzzle.
His children remember him as the perfect “dad.” He took the boys to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and to Yankee Stadium in New York City. Always the teacher, they remember viewing the “Bayeux Tapestries” with the headsets strapped to their heads and then visiting the miniature altar in the bedroom of St. Terese in Liseaux, France. He took them on walks on the beaches of Normandy and to view the crosses of those buried at St. Mere Eglise. He took them to Pearl Harbor to look down at the U.S.S. Arizona where 1,800 sailors died.
In his memory, publisher John Wiley and Sons commissioned the Richard H. Gallagher Prize for Young Investigators in Numerical Methods in Engineering, a cash award and silver medal featuring Dr. Gallagher’s image, to be awarded to talented young engineering faculty at each world congress of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). Terese Gallagher remains involved in carrying on his legacy, often appearing before audiences of 1,000 or more to present this award. Dr. Gallagher’s work also lives on in his professional contributions, his publications, and the many lives he touched.
Dick is survived by his wife, Terry; their five children, Mary Lee, Richard, William, Dennis, and John; and six grandchildren.