Dr. Patricia Gallagher
March 22, 1944 - June 25, 2022
Visitation: Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-8PM and Wednesday, 4-8PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., Pgh, PA 15229
Service: Thursday 10AM St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pgh, PA 15208
Dr. Patricia Ann, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia Gallagher, of McCandless Twp., died on June 25, 2022. She was preceded in death by her Irish immigrant parents, Hugh Philip Gallagher and Anne Cannon Gallagher of County Donegal, Ireland.
Pat’s life was bursting with opportunities to love others. She taught in inner city schools…She said that love was the teacher in her. Dr. Gallagher grew up in Homewood and Point Breeze neighborhoods. After graduating from Duquesne University, she earned a Master’s degree at Columbia University. Pat began her classroom teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. She taught at Manila Normal College for over two years. Tagalog continued to flavor her vocabulary in the United States.
Dr. Gallagher received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked the lion’s share of her career for the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education as a teacher and Dean of Students. She continued to devote her life to teaching after retiring from the BOPE. She was then a student-teacher mentor at Point Park University. When both were young and her older brother Philip, a Pittsburgh Press Carrier, wandered into a street football game, Patsy would take the irate calls from readers looking for their evening papers. Then she delivered them. Pat spent two summer vacations in Romania, cuddling and rocking orphans whose lives were disrupted by revolution. Until near the end of her life, she also volunteered at our Children’s Hospital and Veteran’s Hospital. Pat loved to travel. She even took a slow freighter to visit South American countries. Antarctica was next on her list.
Pat and her sister, Mary Gallagher McCluskey chatted twice a day on the phone, encouraging and supporting each other as life’s kaleidoscope changed its patterns. They were lifelong BFFs. Patsy was an integral part of the lives of her nieces and nephews; her love and devotion have enriched their lives. We will all miss her.
Patricia is survived by her brother Philip (Mary Ann) Gallagher; her sister Mary (Jack) Gallagher McCluskey; her nephews and nieces Anne McCluskey Yatchenko, John (Noreen) McCluskey, Philip McCluskey, Meghan (Shawn) Gallagher Sheridan, and Hugh (Elizabeth) Cannon Gallagher; and great-nieces and great-nephews Jack, Brendan, Nicholai, Connor, Harper, Nora, Quinn, Suzanne, Bridget, and Molly. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8PM and Wednesday from 4-8PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 806 Perry Hwy, Ross Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday 10AM in St. Bede Church (St. Mary Magdalene Parish), 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pgh, PA 15208. Everyone please meet at church.Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary