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GALLACHER, Dr. Daniel Thomas, curator emeritus

GALLACHER, Dr. Daniel Thomas, curator emeritus

Dr. Daniel Thomas Gallacher passed away peacefully at Central Okanagan Hospice House, Kelowna, BC on December 24, 2018 at the age of 79 with his wife Joan at his side.
Dan is survived by his loving wife (Joan) of more than 56 years, his daughter, Heather Ross; his son, Ian (Margaret); his granddaughters, Kirsten Paquette (Jesse Wilson), Virginia (Daniel) Hu; grandson, Andrew and great grandchildren, Luke, Kara and Mercy Lou as well as his sister Patricia and brother Robert (Sandra).
Dan was born in Edmonton, AB July 29, 1939. His family later moved to Vancouver, BC where Dan joined 135th Air Cadet Squadron. He and Joan met and married while Dan was serving with RCAF Squadron 407 in Comox, BC. Following an honourable discharge, Dan pursued his love of history; first, obtaining a BA (Honors) from the University of Victoria followed by an MA and subsequently a Dr. of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at UBC in Canadian, American & British History. Dr. Dan Gallacher became one of Canada’s foremost museum historians and curators. His career spans over four decades working as a leader in research, acquisitions and exhibitions. He has written upwards of seventy publications, including The Canada Hall, a museum approach to epic history (2009) and directed and produced more than fifty exhibitions. Among Dr. Gallachers’ major permanent installations are the widely acclaimed Modern History Galleries at the Royal British Columbia Museum where he served as chief curator, 1969-88, and the vast Canada Hall, Canadian Museum of Civilization, when he was Director of History, 1988-2002. Dan served on the Canadian Museums Association executive and received the CMA’s Award of Merit (1984) as well as its Award of Distinguished Service (2007). He was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association (2011). Dan contributed widely to the knowledge of Canadian history in the areas of industrial and social histories of Canadian communities as well as museum theory and practice through speaking engagements and consultations as well as written works.
Dan’s love of Canada was a primary focus in his many travels. Joy derived from long walks and lecturing was cut short in later years; humour, bridge and family life became his mainstay.
Dan’s passing will be a great loss to family and those whose lives he touched. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.
Family are very grateful for the outstanding care and support given during Dan’s illness by the staff at Kelowna General Hospital, Central Okanagan Hospice House, Guisachan Family Medicine and others.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to: University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Attn: Heather Sims re Museum Studies Fund in memory of Dr Daniel Gallacher would be greatly appreciated.


Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/gallacher-dr-daniel-thomas-curator-emeritus/
Condolence Messages
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Dear Joan,
    Our sincerest condolences Joan. We always had a lot of laughs and respectful kidding and joking about our professional exploits. We do miss his friendly banter and fellowship.
    Bob and Marg Carnegie, Gallaghers Canyon
  • Jan 11, 2019
    Greg & I send to you Joan and family our condolences. We feel it an honour to be able to support you and Dan during Dan's passing.
    Gail & Greg Ruetz
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Dear Joan, Ian and Heather - Our thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. Dan was always a pleasure to see and visit while he came in to the office for his dental treatment. It has been an honour to have Dan as a patient.
    Dr. Larter, Dr. Berg and the staff.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dan would say ``Bonjur mon amie``when coming in my office and wanted something done. He was a terrific person to work with. I will cherish the time under his lead. During the Canada Hall venture, we also had a few memorable suppers at my place and many laughs around the table. My sincere condolences to the family and friends for this loss. I will miss you my friend.
    Louise.
    A forever Canadian Museum of Civilization colleague.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Dear Joan & family. We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    Ken & Holly Murray
  • Dec 30, 2018
    Joan and family, Dan embodied the motto of the RCAF: Per Ardua Ad Astra (through adversity to the stars). He is missed but left great memories.
    Jean-Luc
  • Dec 30, 2018
    Sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Ray and I had a wonderful visit with you and Dan while he was in the hospice. His sense of humour was much in evidence. We send you and your family our deepest condolences. We'll be thinking of you Joan.
    Ray and Jenny Wiebe
  • Dec 29, 2018
    Joan & family. Dan will be missed. Thinking of you.
    Carol Robinson
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Dear Joan,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I will always remember special times in Ottawa with the two of you and Dan's kindness and humour, among his many other wonderful attributes. He will remain in my memory for the rest of my days.
    Pat
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Joan and family - we're very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Our deepest condolences. Juanita & Doug Dymond - Balmoral
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Sorry to hear about Dan, my thoughts are with you.
    Margie Henri - Balmoral
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