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Christopher S. Gallaher, 77, of Morehead, KY, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018, in St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.
Chris was born June 10, 1940, in Ashland, KY, son of A. Frank and Bethel Christian Gallaher.
Chris is survived by his wife, Linda Swearingen Gallaher who he married January 28, 1962; a son, Brent Christopher and his wife, Vanessa, of Cincinnati, OH; a daughter, Shannon Erin and her husband, David Schmidt of Dublin, OH, and their two sons, Aiden David and Gabriel William; a brother, Jack and his wife, Pat, of Ashland; and a sister, Beverly Summers of Valley Village, CA.
Chris earned his bachelor of arts in music education/composition in 1962 at Morehead State University; a masters in music (theory and trumpet) at Indiana University in 1965; and a Ph.D. in music theory/composition/trumpet in 1975 from Indiana University.
His teaching career began as a band director at Raceland High School in Raceland, KY, in 1962. From 1966 to 1970 Chris taught at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. In 1972, he returned to Morehead State University and taught until retirement in 2003.
Christopher served as the chair of the Department of Music and was recognized as a recipient of the University's most prized faculty awards in being awarded the 1996-97 "Distinguished Creative Productions Award." Chris was an extensively published composer/arranger of nearly 50 compositions and arrangements. He traveled the U.S. performing with artists such as Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Sonny and Cher and Pat Boone.
A celebration of life will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the A. Frank and Bethel C. Gallaher Memorial Music Performance Competition at Morehead State University, MSU Foundation, 150 University Blvd., Box 1887, Morehead, KY 40351.
Condolences at northcuttandson.com.
Published on February 26, 2018
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