July 14, 1946 — Feb. 26, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
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            Richard Gallager

Richard Lee Gallager M.D. passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

He was a devoted husband, father and Pop-pop, as well as an accomplished pathologist. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., spending his childhood in Fort Knox, Tenn., and Houston, Texas, “Ricky” was the oldest brother of four, a consummate and loving role model to his younger siblings.

As a young man, he received his M.D. from Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.) where he met his future wife of 48 years, Dorothy Ann Worthington, and completed his residency at Yale (New Haven, Conn.). He served in the military at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Medical Center until he was honorably discharged.

The Gallager family moved to Guilford, Conn., where they raised their daughter Anne and son Ian. He served as chair of pathology at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn., for 20 years.

Outside of work, he was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, photography, gardening, training sled dogs and singing in the Congregational church choir. He cherished and valued his time raising his children, teaching them both book and life lessons at every opportunity. He was extremely patient with his wife… extremely.

In 1999, he moved to the Columbus, Mont., community, to help start Shane Creek Ranch bison farm with Dorothy. He also served as department chair of Benefis Hospital in Great Falls until 2009. He then balanced working part-time with Yellowstone Pathology Institute in Billings and working on the ranch until he retired in 2014.

Richard was a gentle, humble, patient, intelligent, generous and sincere man with a dry wit who loved to learn and teach. His great sense of humor was never disparaging to others and his silliness was contagious. He was the type of person who gives you hope in humanity and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It’s been said that you can judge the quality of a man by the size of his boots, then Richard was tops.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sisters, Lynn and Nancy; his two children, Anne and Ian and his four grandchildren, Colby, Trevor, Makenzie and Hailey. Memorial services will be held at Shane Creek Ranch in Columbus at a date to be announced at a later time.