Charles Galloway, 77, sales manager, noted high school, collegiate athlete

August 03, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Charles Donald Galloway, one of the "Four Fighting Galloway Brothers" who was later sales manager at Towson Ford, died of cancer Monday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The former Towson resident was 77.

Mr. Galloway, who was born and raised on West Susquehanna Avenue in Towson, was one of a quartet of brothers who were known collectively for their athletic prowess before serving in the Army and Navy during World War II.

Mr. Galloway, known as Donny, was the youngest of the brothers, who were descended from a long-established Baltimore County family.

His great-grandfather, John Galloway, was a physician who owned the farm in Texas that later became the Baltimore County Almshouse. Today, it is the Baltimore County Historical Society and Library.

Mr. Galloway was a 1943 graduate of Towson Catholic High School. He also had attended Loyola High School and St. Paul's School.

"He used to say, `Those were my best years, and I stayed in high school for six years,'" recalled the surviving brother, Lawrence W. Galloway of Baltimore, with a laugh.

"Donny is probably the best athlete in a family of athletes, and in accomplishing this he had the difficult task of living up to an enviable record set by his three brothers," said a 1943 article in The Jeffersonian. "He played football, lacrosse and basketball, being outstanding at the latter sport and has been named on many All-Maryland teams for prep school athletes."

During his last year at Towson Catholic, he coached the junior varsity basketball team, and was an assistant coach and player on the varsity squad.

Jim Lacy, who was the nation's leading collegiate scorer during his four years at Loyola College, from 1946 to 1950, played against Mr. Galloway during their high school years and with him in college.

"Donny was as good a high school basketball player as there was in Baltimore," said Mr. Lacy. "No question about it, he was an outstanding athlete. ... He was silky-smooth on the basketball court."

After World War II, Mr. Galloway attended Loyola College and was on the college's basketball team with Mr. Lacy until his career was cut short by severe shin splints.

"We had a good team, and it would have been super with him," Mr. Lacy said.

"He was one heck of a player and because he was over 6 feet, which was big for basketball players in those days, he played center," said Sid Roche of Lutherville, who also played with Mr. Galloway during their high school days. "He was an outstanding outside shooter and rebounder."

Mr. Galloway enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and served as a signalman aboard a landing craft in the invasion of the Philippine Islands.

In the 1950s, Mr. Galloway went to work selling automobiles at Towson Ford, eventually becoming sales manager. He retired in the late 1970s.

In the early 1980s, he moved to Clearwater, Fla., and established a carpet cleaning business. In 1998, he retired a second time and moved to Davie, Fla., where he lived with his daughter.

When living in Maryland, he enjoyed crabbing and was an avid Colts fan.

His marriage to the former Nancy Gibbs ended in divorce.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

In addition to his brother, survivors include a son, Charles Donald Galloway Jr. of Preston; a daughter, Marion Grand of Davie; and three grandchildren.

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