1976 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Joe Gallagher ('43) played three years of varsity men's basketball, becoming a starter his sophomore year under coach Bill Reinhart. Gallagher, who won a basketball scholarship after proving himself a star athlete at St. John's High School, was captain of the 1942-43 Southern Conference Championship team that defeated Duke, and made second team All-Southern Conference. He also played baseball at GW in both his freshman and sophomore years.
Gallagher spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during World War II, followed by employment with the War Assets Administration. He became a history teacher, athletic director and head basketball coach at St. John's High School, his prep alma mater. He retired after 44 years of coaching basketball, with over 860 victories and counted among the 10 winningest high school coaches of all time. Also head football coach at St. John's for 21 years, Gallagher was inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.
He was married to the late Doris Gallagher, and they have four children, Joan, Carol, Joseph and Andrew.