William Don GallowayDecember 28, 1939 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 77)
William Don Galloway of Asheville died November 14 at Mission Hospital following
a heart attack. He was 77 years old. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Taylor
Galloway and by their two children, Leslie Anne Connolly (Marc) of Reston, Virginia and Vance
William Galloway (Satya) of Seattle Washington. He was the son of the late William Homer
Galloway and Ella Irene Baker Galloway of Panama City, Florida.
Don was born in Dickson, Tennessee and grew up in Panama City. For 49 years he lived in
Maryland where he finished his education, worked and raised his family. He retired from a
career with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and in 2013 moved to Asheville. His
ancestral roots here have since led to his recognition as a member of the First Families of Old
He was a 1957 graduate of Bay County High School in Panama City and a 1961 graduate with
High Honors of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Florida. He received a
master's degree from Louisiana State University and in 1970 was awarded a Ph.D. in Behavioral
Psychology by the University of Maryland.
Throughout his life Don pursued knowledge. He was a scientist who also studied the times and
places of his ancestors from Glasgow and Stirling in Scotland to Reems Creek in North Carolina.
He considered himself an amateur botanist, especially enjoying study of native plants and
As a conservationist, he volunteered for the Nature Conservancy and for the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources' rare and endangered plant program. He was a longtime
member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League whose mission is conservation.
He sought out adventure travel: backpacking, sailing, rafting, marlin fishing, skydiving. He also
loved the arts, particularly modernistic movement in dance and music.
Don's first calling was to his family. He was deeply devoted to his children and to the adults
that they have become, building in them a curiosity about the world and love of the outdoors.
His most loyal companion and best friend was his dog, George. Don often said the only thing
better than a long walk in the woods with his dog was a long walk in the woods with his dog
and his wife.
There will be a service in memory of Don's life at 3:00 pm on Friday,December 15 at the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Gifts in Don's memory may be made to the
North Carolina Native Plant Society, Box 5907, Greensboro, NC 27435 or by logging in to