Within the wake of the passing of an iconic Pasadenan on March 1, Pasadena Metropolis School leaders are remembering the lifetime of Invoice Galloway.
“The PCC household and neighborhood mourn the passing of a trailblazer, mentor, and chief in PCC alumnus Invoice Galloway,” mentioned Sandra Chen Lau, president of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Space Neighborhood School District. “Many people have benefited from Invoice’s generosity of knowledge, steerage, and time in his help of training as a result of he believed training was the good equalizer of alternative and achievement. We are going to proceed to honor Invoice’s legacy at PCC by our dedication to high quality training for all.”
“Invoice and his spouse, Brenda, have had an infinite affect on the panorama of Pasadena Metropolis School,” mentioned Erika Endrijonas, PCC’s Superintendent/President. “Galloway Plaza, which pulls individuals by the east facet of the campus on Colorado Boulevard, was the primary facility on the school named for an African American. Invoice’s constant engagement with our college students, college, and school neighborhood have made wonderful issues attainable and impressed others to comply with their lead.”
“Invoice Galloway is the form of neighborhood supporter and volunteer that each group needs,” mentioned Bobbi Abram, govt director of the PCC Basis. “If Invoice was concerned in a undertaking, you knew it will achieve success. He and Brenda are greater than donors. They’re an integral a part of the PCC household. The Basis and the School are higher due to them.”
Born in Mounds, Oklahoma, in 1941, Invoice Galloway’s household owned and operated an animal farm. Invoice rode a horse to high school on daily basis, the place just one instructor and all college students—kindergarten by eighth grade—shared a single classroom. Along with studying journey a horse on the age of six, Invoice additionally discovered learn, write, and do fundamental arithmetic alongside his Sooner State friends.
When his mother and father relocated the household to Pasadena in 1955, Invoice attended John Muir Excessive College and finally enrolled at PCC, the place he studied drafting, structure, and building.
“My expertise at PCC is what led me into engineering and building,” Invoice mentioned. “I’ve at all times appreciated drafting and issues of that nature, at all times appreciated designing.”
Invoice started his profession by working as a draftsman and a structural engineer for a number of companies, however his first entrepreneurial enterprise got here when his mom inspired him to become involved in actual property.
“I bought my first funding property after I was 19 years previous, simply out of highschool,” Invoice mentioned. “My mom was my first lender. She believed in proudly owning actual property and at all times inspired me to attain my objectives.”
After Invoice married Brenda in 1968, they settled in Pasadena, agreeing there was no place they’d quite be.
“There’s a robust sense of neighborhood right here,” Invoice mentioned. “Individuals actually become involved.”
Collectively, Invoice and Brenda based Summit Enterprises in 1976, a family-owned enterprise that invests in residential business properties. They’re additionally well-known for his or her native and nationwide philanthropy, with training being a prime precedence.
The Galloways established the Invoice and Brenda Galloway Endowment for Training on the Pasadena Neighborhood Basis, which helps Ok-12 training in native public colleges. They have been additionally honorees at PCC’s 90th anniversary gala in recognition of their longstanding help of the School.
An avid collector of quick vehicles, Invoice would journey with Brenda to Monterey Automotive Week yearly to look at the traditional automotive race. As a pair, Invoice and Brenda collected artwork and donated to arts organizations.
Invoice has served on the boards of all kinds of neighborhood organizations, together with the PCC Basis, Pasadena Growth Company, Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Fee, the Pasadena Museum of California Artwork, and the William H. Johnson Basis for Arts. He was the recipient of the Pasadena Museum of Historical past’s Up to date Historical past Maker Award, the Neighborhood Chief Award for his involvement with the Pasadena NAACP, and he was elected by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to the Smithsonian Nationwide Board.
In 2000, Invoice and Brenda endowed the Sculpture Backyard Plaza to PCC—naming it Galloway Plaza—the School’s first facility named for an African American. Their different help for the school included a 2014 reward to the PCC Heart for the Arts.