OBITUARY – Beverly Thomas (B.T.) Galloway

June 4, 1939 – Nov. 26, 2023

Beverly Thomas (B.T.) Galloway passed on November 26, 2023, in Lakewood, CO; he was 84. Born in Olean, New York to Beverly Stewart Galloway and Marjory Hannifan Galloway; he had one sister, Joan Stewart Galloway Windell, who was nearly 8 years older than he. His father, an attorney and Assistant DA for Cattaraugus County, was killed in a car accident when B.T. was not quite 6. This event, along with an accident that left him blind in one eye, would change the trajectory of his life; he had hopes of going into the intelligence service but was prevented from doing so because of his eyesight. B.T. graduated from Olean High School in 1957. He received a scholarship from General Motors to attend Georgetown University in the Advanced Honors Program, where he was a member of the Georgetown Glee Club, an officer of the Sailing Team, and Editor of the newspaper, and a member of the Delta Phi Fraternity. He completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and English Philosophy in 1961. During college, he formed a band with 2 Princeton students called “The Ivy League Trio,” performing folk songs around the East Coast and producing 2 albums. 

After graduation in 1961, “The Ivy League Trio” lost 2 of its members to the draft, and B.T. went to Orange Sport Parachuting Center (OSPC) in Orange, MA to jump, staying on as an employee for the 6th World Parachuting Championships. His sister Joan moved to San Francisco in 1962; he followed, moving to Monterey, CA in 1963 to work at the Parachute Club of America (PCA) as editor of their official monthly magazine, moving up to Assistant Director. Since 2003, he continued to meet with a group called Pioneers of Sport Parachuting, often bringing his guitar to sing old songs to the group.

After working with the parachuting club, B.T. worked for Dun and Bradstreet in San Francisco, and later transferred to Honolulu, HI. It was there that he met Katherine Young. She moved to San Francisco and he followed her back there, and in 1966, they married in Honolulu. He lived several places in the Bay Area, including a house the couple owned in Ben Lomond, and later in Palo Alto following their separation and divorce. 

B.T. was an excellent public speaker in his business consulting work life. During the 1970s, he worked for Louis Allen Associates in Palo Alto. In the late 1980s, he became a consultant for a business management firm based in Greenwood Village, CO. He moved and never returned to California. He lived in the Denver area for 35 years. He wrote for the “Denver Herald Dispatch” and “La Voz”. He later became General Manager for “La Voz,” a newspaper based in Denver, and much later at “The Villager,” often enjoying “Rockies” baseball games he was covering from the press box.

B.T. had a passion for many activities: along with parachuting, he learned to pilot small Cessna planes, and at one point had a hot air balloon company. He had learned to sail at a young age and owned 2 different Cheoy Lee sailboats: the first was 28’ “Bepbu” (named by his young son, Tait) and then 40’ “Ishmael.” In 1976, he became a founding member of the Cheoy Lee Cruising Club—a group of sailboat owners based in the San Francisco Bay Area—that would become lifelong friends. In 1980, he and his girlfriend Lorraine Land, and friends Larry, Danny, and Anita, sailed “Ishmael” across the Pacific Ocean from Sausalito to Maui, with his sister helping to navigate the journey from land.  

He was very proud of his only son Tait and his two grandsons. If you asked him, his best adventure memory was setting up and operating the Bahamas Mobile Marine Inc., a service similar to AAA Road-service for sailboats in the Bahamas. Sadly, this business was wiped out by Hurricane Irene, a Category 3 storm, in 2011.

BT will best be remembered by his friends and family as someone who could fill a room with his stories of adventure, his beautiful voice as he played his guitar, and his passion for his Irish and Scottish ancestry. He made friends throughout his many adventures, which he kept in touch with throughout his life.

He is survived by his son, Tait Stewart Galloway of Chula Vista, California, his daughter-in-law, Maria Galloway, and two grandsons, Alec and Zane Galloway. He also leaves behind his nieces Dana Wasson of Fort Collins, CO, Caroline Windell of San Bruno, CA, and Kristin Windell of Sierra Madre, CA.