|Birth: ||May 23, 1903|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1945|
William Francis Gallaway, Jr. was born May 23, 1903 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. He was the son of William Francis Gallaway, Sr. and Valesci "Vallie" Adeline Miller Riley Gallaway and had one sister, Romagna Adeline Gallaway Mackie. His ancestry was Scots and German.
Francis graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1924, where he was known as "Gal." At Davidson he was in Phi Beta Kappa, Captain of the Varsity Track Team, and Class Poet, among many other accomplishments. He went on to get his Ph.D. in 1930 in English at the University of Michigan. His dissertation title was English Adaptations of Roman Satire, 1660-1800.
He married Margaret D. Taylor Gallaway from Washington, D. C. and became a Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. The couple lived at 171 Louisiana Avenue, not that far from campus.
He was 42 when he died of a heart attack on June 8, 1945 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky and is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, near his parents and sister. I hope one of his relatives will add more photos to this site. What happened to his wife? (In August 1950 she was a passenger on the Queen Elizabeth II from England to New York City and still going by the name Gallaway. She may have been living in Virginia.) Did they have any children?
The inscription on his tombstone is from a poem, "Dover Beach," by Matthew Arnold:
"The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits--on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand . . ."
Thanks so much to Riley family researchers for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions. If a closer relative than I would like to manage this burial site, please let me know.
William Francis Gallaway (1867 - 1941)
Valesci Adeline Miller Riley Gallaway (1875 - 1936)
William Francis Gallaway (1903 - 1945)
Romagna Adeline Gallaway Mackie (1905 - 1980)*
"The sea is calm tonight."
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Feb 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24398372