In Memoriam: Robert G. Gallaghar

Posted July 31, 2014

This article originally appeared on the Applied Health Physics website.

Robert G. Gallaghar, CIH, CHP, CSP, CHMM, passed away at his Dagsboro, Del., home on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Mr. Gallaghar served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War II. He was a graduate of Stanford University and completed his training at Hahnemann Medical College and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Mr. Gallaghar founded Applied Health Physics, Inc. in 1962, and Venture, Inc. in 1968. He was instrumental in establishing Hospital Safety Inc., DECONtamination International, and Applied Health International, Inc. in Australia and the U.S.

Robert Gallaghar was past chair of the Consult SIG at AIHA® and an adjunct assistant professor at Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Over the years, Mr. Gallaghar provided radiological consulting for federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, as well as insurance loss prevention and accident investigation services. He served as an expert witness and as editor of the first “Hospital Occupational Health Services Study.” Mr. Gallaghar has been a member of 12 corporate boards of directors of industry, hospitals, and technical societies.

He was also a member of a U.S. delegation to the USSR regarding nuclear waste problems at Chernobyl.

In 2007, Mr. Gallaghar received the Founders Award at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Portland, Ore. The Founders Award recognizes exceptional service to the Health Physics Society or the health physics profession.

Mr. Gallaghar was a true pioneer of health physics and industrial hygiene. He is survived by his son and four daughters.