2007-03-07 / Obituaries

Paula Tichy Gallagher

Paula Tichy Gallagher, of Nelsonville passed away unexpectedly last week. All her life she had been healthy and vibrant, a pillar of strength for her family, but she suffered a sudden aortic aneurysm and passed away at Hudson Valley Hospital on Tuesday. Her life was celebrated on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown by friends and family. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.

Paula grew up in New York City, the child of two Austrian immigrants. Recognized very early on as a gifted student, Paula was selected to attend an experimental magnet school for "genius" children in New York City. Her family moved to Tuxedo, New York where her father worked as a hairdresser. Paula graduated with honors from the New York State Teacher's College at the University at Albany, obtained her Masters at Columbia University and continued on 33 credits past her Masters degree.

Paula met James Gallagher while on a trip sponsored by New York University to Peru. She spoke both English and German fluently along with some Spanish. During the Second World War, Paula lost her only brother Edwin. That loss in many ways shaped her realistic view of the harsh human cost of war, and helped form her political views and profoundly independent mind.

Paula taught science and math at Haldane school until 1993. Countless Haldane students benefited from her wit and energy as a teacher. Paula was a passionate activist, bowling enthusiast and world traveler. Always putting her family before herself, she gave them strength, perseverance and a lifelong love of learning.

Paula truly believed that every child everywhere in the world deserved nothing less than a child lucky enough to be born into the Gallagher family in Cold Spring, NY. She evidenced this in her teaching, her activism, and every aspect of the way she lived her life. This world is most certainly a better place for her having been in it.

Paula is survived by her husband James Gallagher, her children Ethan Gallagher and Makaria Gallagher of Cold Spring, Gretl Gallagher of Medford, NJ and Seth Gallagher of Cold Spring, her daughtersin law Ann Gallagher and Erika Wood, her son-in-law John Asfar and predeceased by her son-in-law Roger Siudzinski. She is also survived by her eleven beloved grandchildren, Noah Gallagher, Maia Gallagher-Siudzinski, Ian Gallagher, Liam Gallagher- Siudzinski, Morgaine Gallagher, Aurora Gallagher, Aidan Gallagher, Ronan Wood- Gallagher, Colm Asfar, Freya Wood-Gallagher, and Reilly Asfar.

There will be a tree planted on the grounds of Haldane School in memory of Paula. If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Jaynie and Dan Crimmins of Cold Spring. Donations may also be made to the following international humanitarian aid organizations that Paula supported and believed in strongly:

American Friends Service Committee, www.afsc.org, 888-588-2372

Heifer International, www.heifer.org, 800-422-0474, Heifer Project International


Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org, 888-392-0392

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