Galloglys gather for center naming

Campus benefactor Jim Gallogly gave more than his family’s name permanently affixed on a UCCS building Wednesday afternoon.

The 1974 UCCS graduate shared the story of his father, Tommy, who earned degrees from UCCS in 1970 and 1973 and went on to teach and coach in Academy District 20 following a career in the military.

“Sometimes ordinary people are extraordinary,” Jim Gallogly said. “Sometimes people who appear to be poor are very rich. Sometimes people who are simple and least powerful are the most important. That very easily sums up my father, Tom Gallogly.”

Tommy Gallogly

In January, Jim Gallogly and his wife, Janet, announced a $1 million pledge to the CU Foundation to assist in the construction of the events center. Some family members attended the event center’s grand opening Jan. 22 but Wednesday’s event was a chance to bring multiple generations together to remember and to celebrate. In all, 47 family members joined with 250 plus faculty, staff and students to unveil an outdoor sign and indoor plaque that traced Tommy Gallogly’s personal story from Great Depression-era Iowa farm kid to career enlisted Air Force veteran, father, teacher, coach and leader by example.

They celebrated that all 10 children of Tommy and Margery Gallogly graduated from college including seven from UCCS, the strength of Margery Gallogly who attended the festivities and helped unveil both the exterior sign bearing the family’s name and a plaque in her husband’s memory, and new members of the family not yet able to walk.

“This is an historic day as this is the first building on the UCCS campus that will bear the name of an alum of the campus,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said.  “This is an outstanding Colorado Springs and UCCS story of success. We honor the memory of Tommy Gallogly and the legacy that his children and grandchildren continue.”

Shockley-Zalabak recognized the family members who graduated from UCCS, Jim Gallogly, class of 1974; Mary Gallogly DeSantis, class of 1977; Tony Gallogly, class of 1983;  Nicholas Gallogly, class of 1985;  Andrew Gallogly, class of 1987; Paul Gallogly, class of 1988; and Thomas “Gene” Gallogly, class of 1990

Family members posed for pictures, connected with each other and with former instructors such as Paul Ballantyne, professor, Economics, and Bob Durham, associate professor, Psychology, who attended Wednesday’s event. Family members were later treated to dinner in the University Center Ballroom.

Photos by Andrea Cordova and Jeff Foster

7 Comments on Galloglys gather for center naming

  1. Thank you to everyone responsible for this wonderful evening. I speak for all the family when I say it was more than any of us expected. Marge Gallogly

  2. Hi Marge:
    Thank you so much for sharing the info with me. First of all, Tom was such a handsome man in his younger years and this continued into his older years. You both were favorites in my book. So happy that I met you both. Tom would be so proud to have this pledge made on his behalf and to benefit others.
    I understand that you are planning a move to Colo. Spgs. I hope that you are happy. Will miss seeing you. Take care of yourself. Keep in touch. Love to you. Bev.

  3. Marge and all of the Gallogy’s, we were extemely grateful to be included in the vent to honor my old horseshoe partner–42 years since we played and enjoyed the “Caramillo” homesite. We are extremely happy to consider the Gallogy family an important part
    of our family-
    Love you all

    Bob Patti Dyanne Rob Sami Bobby and Kerstyn

  4. Gene and Evelyn Pitt,
    Congratulations and our very best wishes to you, Marge, and all your wonderful family. What a tribute to Tom and all of you!
    A huge thank you and congratulations to Jim and Janet for their wonderful generosity. Tom must surely be smiling down from heaven on all of you! Indeed he would be so proud and yet humbled, because he was such a good man.
    Marge, you and Tom were a great team in raising such a wonderful family.
    We consider it such a privilege to have been your neighbor and friends for many years.
    Our love and very best wishes to all of you.

    Gene and Evelyn Pitt

  5. To all the Galloglys – You were all an inspiration to me, especially my dear childhood friend Jim. Peace be with you all. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Love, Jeff

  6. Thank you uncle Jim for all that you have done. I love what you did for Grandpa. The whole family and Grandpa are very proud.


    Will Gallogly

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