Victor Henry Galloway was born in Atlanta on July 29, 1928 to Frances and Henry Galloway.
He lost his hearing at a very early age from repeated fevers, which destroyed his auditory nerves.
Vic attended the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCDB) in Cedar Spring for ten years, between 1935-1948. He is believed to be the first, deaf Eagle Scout in that state. There was a great teacher at SCDB who fought for him to be the first deaf student at Spartanburg High School. He graduated from there with honors. Additionally Vic lettered in two sports, football and basketball. He also served as a life guard at an all hearing camp.
Vic’s determination to excel can be reflected by the fact that in one football game he dislocated all 10 fingers trying to make a tackle to stop the opponent’s runner. During this time he was instrumental in obtaining used uniforms from a local college so that his friends at SCDB could start a football program. All his accomplishments were made without the aid of interpreters or transportation. He had to hitchhike to high school, but was never late his entire three years.
Vic graduated from Gallaudet College, Washington DC, in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry. He was President (Grand Rajah) of the Kappa Gamma fraternity and President of the Student Body Government. In his senior year he volunteered to room with Gallaudet College’s first black student. This made news as he was from the “Deep South” at a time when civil rights was only a dream. His interest in education was heightened as a teacher at Kendall School on the Gallaudet campus while still an undergraduate.
After graduation from Gallaudet College, Vic worked as a high explosives chemist at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. While in this position he pursued graduate courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and later in his career San Jose State in California. Wishing to return to his roots, he moved to Georgia, in the Atlanta area, where he was an analytical chemist for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He remained there for 6 years before moving with the same company to become a Senior Material and Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, California. During this time he was the President of the California Association of the Deaf. Also he became the first person ever to serve as Chairman of the National Basketball Tournament of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) while also a player in 1959. Later he served as president of the association from 1959-1960. Both the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (1992) and the Southeast Athletic Association of the Deaf (1996) inducted Vic into their Halls of Fame as a leader.
In 1965 Dr. Galloway obtained a Masters of Science Degree in Education, Administration and Supervision from the California State University Northridge (CSUN) Leadership Training Program (LTP). After graduation, he assisted the director of the program in developing programs in adult education in Los Angeles County. He continued his studies at the University of Arizona, in 1966, graduating with a Doctorate in Education and Rehabilitation Administration in 1971. While in Tucson, he served as a research assistant in the Rehabilitation Center and helped to establish an agency which provided services to the Deaf citizens for many years. During this time he was called to the White House to witness the signing of HR 6430, The Mental Rehabilitation Bill.
In 1968 he accepted the position at Educational Specialist for Science and Engineering at the newly established National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT.) Later he became the first Director of the Certificate, Diploma, Associate (CDA) program at NTID. Vic was appointed to President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s National Advisory Committee on Education of the Deaf. He served in that capacity for several years. During this time he became acquainted with some of the best known national political leaders.
In 1970, Vic returned to the Gallaudet Campus to become the first Director of Support Services and later the Director of Education at the newly formed Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). Through his efforts, the model career education program there became known throughout the nation. He also established the finest drama department for high school deaf students in the U.S. Dr. Galloway was a strong advocate for professional training. In 1976, the National Academy of School Executives recognized him as a recipient of the Academy Professional Development Award. During this time he was appointed to the United States Office of Education’s review board for teacher training and in 1977, served in the planning committee for the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals.
In 1979, the Board of Directors of the Scranton State School for the Deaf (SSSD) unanimously elected Dr Galloway to the superintendent’s position from a pool of 78 candidates. While there he fought for the placement of deaf students into a residential setting and greatly enhanced the visibility of highly qualified deaf persons in all walks of life. Also, for the first time, he facilitated SSSD membership into the Eastern States Deaf Athletic Association, Division II. In its first year of membership, SSSD sponsored the annual basketball tournament on its campus. Dr Galloway was the first superintendent in Pennsylvania history and among the first deaf persons in the United States to achieve this accomplishment.
The Texas State Board of Education formally confirmed his appointment as Executive Director of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) on August 5, 1981. To this day he is the only deaf person to hold this post. During his tenure there. TSD accomplished many outstanding achievements due to the hard work of its teachers, staff, and students.
A Work Adjustment Center (WAC) was established to provide a “real world” work environment. Both libraries received Texas Education Agency Accreditation, and efforts were accomplished to shore up TSD’S policies and procedures for reporting of possible abuse. These later were adopted by other schools for the deaf nationwide.
In 1982, the Community Education program at TSD was established to work with parents of deaf children and to establish adult education classes for the adult deaf. During this period, pilot bilingual sign classes were established for Hispanic parents in nine cities across the state.
Among other system updates were a considerable improvement of the athletic departments, establishment of the TSD Booster Club, remodeling of the vocational building, computerization of medical records, improved cafeteria standards and increased decision making on the part of a variety of supervisors. Indicative of his “can do” personality Vic’s first boat was a houseboat in Hurst Harbor and one of the largest on Lake Travis in central Texas.
Galloway resigned from the school in 1986 to run the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) which included the National Leadership Training Program (LTP) and the undergraduate deaf and hard of hearing student support service at the California State University Northridge. During his time there was a exceptionally high retention rate of deaf students.
Other achievements in education included board member of the Conference of Executive Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf. Also he served a member of the advisory committee for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
From 1993 to 1999, Vic served as the Branch Chief of the Deafness and Communications Disorders Branch of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) for the U.S. Department of Education. During this time as Branch Chief, he was one of eight founding members (senior statesman) of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Government. But perhaps the role in life that has given him the most attention was that of Meryl Streep’s father in the movie “The River Wild.” The movie cast and crew were taken by his personality, his natural acting ability and the “Cinderella story” beginning AT THE TOP with several of the most accomplished actors of our time. While his role was small, most of it left on the cutting room floor, the experience was incredible.
Following his retirement from RSA in 1998, he returned to his alma mater, Gallaudet University, to become Adjunct Professor in the School of Educational Administration and Supervision. There his masters and doctoral students awarded him teacher of the year in recognition of his being a “great teacher who inspired.”
His philosophy was a driving force for all his accomplishment. This included the fact that he did not want to be a common man and that one must live every day to its fullest.
His hobbies included good friends, extensive travel, sports, story telling and his family.
Vic had three children, Dawn (deceased), Vance (deceased) and Shayne of Oak Hill, Texas by his previous wife, Gertie. He also has four grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Reeves of Oak Hills, Texas, Brit Galloway of Federick, Md., and Dane Galloway of Phildelphia, Pennsylvania. Vic and his wife of 41 years, Marilyn, live in The Hills of Lakeway, Texas.
Vic Galloway, An Inspiration To All
Victor Henry Galloway was born in Atlanta on July 29, 1928 to Frances and Henry Galloway.