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Marian Gallaher

Marian Emily Gallaher, M.D., died peacefully at home in Nevada City, Calif., on May 7, 2013.

A celebration of Marian’s life will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at her home on June 29.

Marian was born on June 17, 1929, in Appleton, Wis., to the late Marion Gallaher and David M. Gallaher, M.D.

Marian graduated from Appleton High School and attended Lawrence College before transferring and graduating from Stanford University. She went on to Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and interned at County General Hospital in Los Angeles. She was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California, responsible for teaching the art of diagnosing heart defects in small children. In 1965, Marian was named a “Los Angeles Times” Woman of the Year in recognition of her part in saving hundreds of newborn heart patients’ lives with her diagnostic work at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. After years in pediatric cardiology, she became a psychiatrist and headed a second-year medical student program called Introduction to Clinical Medicine at USC.

Her interest in the arts was profound. She was president of the Physician’s Art Society in Los Angeles and performed with the Burbank Civic Light Opera in “South Pacific” and “The Music Man.” Early in her career, she began sculpting in clay (she said that she chose clay because it was cheaper than oil paint!) and when she came to Nevada County in 1984 she continued working with local sculptor Holly Irons. For many years she was on the board of directors of Music in the Mountains and sang with the Festival Chorale. She held leadership roles with the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County.

To all who knew her, Marian was forthright, direct, honest and generous with her time and substance in supporting our community.

She was predeceased by her brother, David Gallaher, M.D.

Thank you to her caregivers: Mary Pfarr, Kathy Gibbons, Tami Aimo, Lisa Dunham and Bethany Cashman and to her Hospice nurse Rebecca.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marian’s memory may be made to Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra, the Bear Yuba Land Trust, PETA or a charity of your choice.


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