Gertrude “Gertie” Scott Galloway
November 12, 1930 - July 17, 2014
Gertrude “Gertie” Scott Galloway passed away at her home on July 17, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She was foremost a women’s rights advocate, and her accomplishments confirm her determination and resolution to prove to the deaf community women’s equality to men.
Gertie was the first deaf superintendent of the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in New Jersey (MKSD). She was the first woman president of the Conference of the Educational Administrators of the Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). Also, she was the first woman to be elected president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and was the first female president of the Deaf Seniors of America, Inc.
Her many leadership roles with deaf organizations included vice president and president of the Maryland Association of the Deaf, vice president of the Gallaudet College Alumni Association (GCAA), and president of the Free State chapter of the GUAA. In 1986, former President Ronald Reagan appointed her as chair of the Pre-College Committee on the National Commission of the Education for the Deaf, which presented a report, "Toward Equality - Education of the Deaf", that contained important recommendations to Congress for improving quality of education for deaf and hard of hearing people.
She attended the Kendall School for the Deaf in Washington, DC, and earned her B.A. from Gallaudet College. While teaching mathematics at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), she worked toward an M.A. in deaf education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).
After receiving her degree, she was promoted to assistant principal at MSD's Columbia campus and stayed in this position until 1990. During this time, she had an important role in establishing new elemetary school programs and programs for students with multiple disabilities. She taught psychology and women's studies at Hood College in Frederick, and ASL at Western Maryland College.
Before Gertie became superintendent of MKSD in 1991, she earned a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet in 1993, and in 2002 she was awareded an honorary degree from the University. After retiring in 1999, she was DSA president from 1999 to 2005.
Gertie is peceded in death by her parents, sister Meda, and childredn Dawn and Vance. She is survied by her daughter Shayne Galloway and four grandchildren, Morgan and tyler Reeves, and Brit and Dane Galloway; her brother and sister-in-law Roget and Pauline Scott of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu in flowers, donations may be made to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The website address is www.nad.org. Click on "Donate Now" tab near the top. then go down to "Donor Designation" and you can fill in the boxes. Then click on "Confirm Contribution".
A private celebration of life event will take place around the end of August with close friends.
DSA Board expresses its deepest condolences to the Scott/Galloway families upon the passing of a legend, our “Gertie."
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