FIU family to celebrate Paul Gallagher’s life, accomplishments Oct. 11

FIU will host a gathering celebrating the accomplishments of one of FIU’s legendary leaders, Paul D. Gallagher, at a Celebration of Life event Friday, Oct. 11. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Graham Center Ballrooms at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Paul G imageA towering figure in FIU history, Gallagher passed away July 30 after succumbing to an aggressive form of cancer. His untimely death at the age of 68 shocked those who knew him.

Gallagher came to the university in January 1971 as a 26-year-old assistant dean in the College of Education. He spent the next four decades in positions of leadership at FIU and was involved in virtually every major initiative that moved the university forward.

“In its relatively short history, few at FIU have done as much to develop the institution as Paul,” wrote FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg in a letter to the university community announcing Gallagher’s death. “His love for life and for FIU impacted most of our 200,000 alumni, faculty and staff.”

The university has established a phone line to encourage people to share their memories of Gallagher. If you wish to leave a recollection in this way, please call 786-571-5154. If you wish to leave a written recollection, or share a photo of Gallagher, click here. Any memories contributed will be shared with the Gallagher family and may become part of the Celebration of Life event.

If you would like to attend the Oct. 11 event, RSVP here. Please note that space is limited.