AUSTIN -- Former superintendent and Texas School for the Deaf's (TSD) first deaf superintendent, Victor Henry Galloway died Wednesday after a long illness.
Galloway served as the superintendent of TSD from 1981-1986.
"Galloway brought passion and compassion when he came to lead the Texas School for the Deaf," TSD wrote in a press release.
Before his tenure at Texas School for the Deaf, Galloway served as the first deaf superintendent of the Scranton State School for the Deaf in Pennsylvania from 1979-1981. He was also the first deaf educator in the College of Sciences in 1968 at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf in New York.
In 1982, Galloway’s vision brought today’s total communication philosophy to TSD, forming sign language programs for students and families, including bilingual sign language education for Hispanic and Latino families, TSD wrote in a press release.
TSD said Galloway was a lover of sports and had a deep commitment to empowering deaf and hard of hearing individuals to take pride in their differences.
Galloway is survived by his wife, Marilyn Galloway and daughter, Shayne Galloway.
Funeral services are pending at Weed-Corley-Fish.