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2018-07-11 / Obituaries

John F. Gallagher, microbiologist


Gallagher Gallagher John Francis “Jack” Gallagher, 88, of Amherst, died Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Mr. Gallagher was born on May 24, 1930. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Buffalo and obtained his Master of Science degree in 1965, also from UB. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant from 1951 to 1954 and later received the National Defense Service Medal.

He spent his professional career working as a microbiologist for 37 years at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He worked with Dr. William Held in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology for 18 years at Roswell. He taught laboratory DNA gene mapping techniques to medical doctors and undergraduate students.

He took pride in his laboratory experiments, which became the foundational basis for a dozen published articles he co-authored and seven articles that his laboratory work supported.

Mr. Gallagher enjoyed amateur archaeology, as he worked through the Buffalo Museum of Science on archaeology digs at Iroquoian sites in Western New York. He was an active member of the American Society for Amateur Archaeology and the Archaeological Society of Ohio from 1992 to 2007.

He enjoyed family trips to Killbear Provincial Park in Ontario, backpacking part of the Appalachian Trail and fishing on the Pickerel River in Canada.

Mr. Gallagher is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Kaiser); three children, Catherine Mondock, Mary Bradley and Ellen Gallagher; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two siblings, William Gallagher Jr. and Jeanne Voelpel.

A funeral service was held on June 29 at St. Pius X Church. Arrangements were made by the Amigone Funeral Home Inc. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

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