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Martha Villalobos Galligan ’59-’61

Martha Villalobos Galligan ’59-’61

Martha Villalobos Galligan ’59-’61, passed away July 3, in Mission, after a legnthy illness.
She was born in Lockhart and was part of a large family which included 18 brothers and sisters. She developed a strong Christian faith at an early age and grew up singing with her siblings in churches throughout the Lockhart area.
With the help of a scholarship, Martha was able to attend Mary Hardin-Baylor from 1959-1961. She recieved a bachelors degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1963, a masters degree from UT-Pan Am in 1986, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.

Martha taught elementary students in Mission and Weslaco, as well as high school English in Mission, prior to teaching at University of Texas-Pan Am, where she was a professor until her retirement in 2002.

Martha and her husband Bob were married for 46 years. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and six grandchildren. Martha served on the Board of Trustees at UMHB for 10 years. An endowed scholarship in her name is being funded by family and friends.