Lou Galosy, former Citizens National Bank officer, Longview civic leader, former Longview mayor and a true visionary for the City of Longview, died late Tuesday, January 8, 2013, just months shy of his 90th birthday.
Born May 26, 1923, in St. Louis, Galosy was a Navy pilot in World War II and the Korean War. In 1952, he moved to Longview, managing Riff’s, a women’s apparel store until 1960. He owned and operated Galosy’s Women’s Apparel from 1960 to 1980. He served as Longview’s first two-term mayor from 1985-1991. Among the projects completed during Galosy’s tenure was the opening of the new Longview Public Library in 1987.
One of Longview’s most influential civic leaders through the last half of the 20th century, known for his dapper dress, gentlemanly demeanor and business acumen. Considered one of his greatest personal achievements Galosy worked alongside two other men to incorporate and lease Gregg Memorial Hospital in 1960, which became Good Shepherd Hospital, later Good Shepherd Hospital, now Good Shepherd Medical Center. He served on the hospital board for 17 years and as president for three years.
In addition to his role in civic affairs, Galosy served on the board of American Bank from 1979 until 1984, was senior vice president of Bank One from 1984 until 2004, and later worked in business development for Citizens National Bank until his retirement in December 2011.
Brad Tidwell, President & CEO of Citizens National Bank, called Galosy a goodwill ambassador. “He was a mentor. He was a friend. He gave me wonderful business advice I’ve tried to follow for 30 years. If I could be half the people person and half the business person and possess half the communications skills Lou Galosy had, I’d be very, very successful,” Tidwell said. “They just don’t come any better than Lou Galosy,” Tidwell said.
Galosy’s advice was sought after from the very young to the seasoned business person. He also served on numerous boards for various organizations. He never met a stranger and always left a lasting impression. He was a Longview icon, a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home, Longview.
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