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Thomas Galloway, Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture, Remembered

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A memorial service was held this morning for Thomas Galloway, dean of the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Galloway, 67, died on March 11 after suffering a heart attack.

He is credited with transforming the College of Architecture. Under his leadership, which began in 1992, the school's stature grew to international proportions. It forged partnerships with the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris LaVillette, in France, and with the University of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Galloway launched initiatives including the Center for Geographic Information Systems; the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory; and the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development.

Closer to home, Galloway's influence also extended to the built environment in Atlanta. He headed a commission charged with redesigning Broad Street Plaza, which he said was perhaps among the city's ugliest public spaces, as well as a task force created to make Peachtree Street more pedestrian-friendly.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Galloway served as dean and professor of the College of Design at Iowa State University, from 1985 to 1992. He also taught and held administrative positions at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Kansas. Galloway earned both a master's and Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Washington. His wife of 40 years, Sharon Perry Galloway, three children, and a large extended family survive him.

James Murdock