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 College High School, was captain of the 1942-43 Southern Conference Championship team that defeated Duke, and earned second team All-Southern Conference Tournament honors. 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 870 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 St. John's College High School Hall of Fame in 1973, the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and was a member of GW Basketball's All-Century Team in 2001. He also received the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Gallagher passed away in Sept. 2014 at the age of 93. He and late wife Doris Gallagher had four children, Joan, Carol, Joseph and Andrew.