Obituaries

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Edward S. Gallagher, 80, of Rossmoor and Alameda, died in his sleep on March 10, 2019, at home in the company of his longtime partner. 

Ed was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Oakland, the son of Bernard and Lillian (Doig) Gallagher. Ed was a playful, caring and compassionate person who strived to maintain many lifelong friendships. He attended St. Leo’s Grammar School and Bishop O’Dowd High School, where he played basketball. Ed earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1960 and later served as president of the University’s Alumni Association. 

Ed received his medical degree from Marquette University in 1964, completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He then served in the U.S. Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. While at Marquette, he met and married Mary Jo “Pinky” Dowell in Los Angeles in 1964. They had four children. 

Upon completion of his military service, he returned to the Bay Area with his family and began his career as a physician in private practice. After obtaining a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, he took a position as the Public Health Officer for Washoe County in Nevada in the late 1970s. He later became the State Health Officer in Idaho. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ed served as Corporate Medical Director for AT&T and later worked as a medical director for the state hospital in Napa. Until he retired in 2017, he served as a medical consultant for the State of California Social Security Disability Office in Oakland.

A curious and active person, Ed enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new places. He was an avid hiker known to blaze his own trails when they weren’t marked. He particularly enjoyed hiking at Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, Pt. Reyes, Yosemite and along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In recent years, he and his partner enjoyed many trips to Europe, South America and beyond. He had a lifelong interest in spirituality and meditated regularly. 

A loving father and grandfather, Ed is survived by his longtime partner, Christine Buck of Alameda; his children: son Matthew (Emily) Gallagher of Lake Forest Park, Wash., and their children, Graham and Claire; son Bernard (Karen) Gallagher of Madison, Wisc., and their children, Quinlan and Meredith; daughter Megan (Patrick) Chatfield of Seattle, and their children, Bridget and Oliver; daughter Marisa Gallagher of El Cerrito; and ex-wife, “Pinky” Gallagher of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rita Gallagher and his brother, George Gallagher.

A funeral mass for Ed will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill, followed by a celebration of life nearby so that family and friends may share memories and a toast to his great spirit and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations in Ed’s memory be made to a favorite charity.

 

George Yiu-Lang Luo, 83, died March 2, 2019, at his nursing home in Oakland. George was born April 16, 1935, in Guangdong, China, the eldest son of Luo Kung Ming (father) and Lin Hui Mei (mother).

Following the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949, George, 14, accompanied his father to Taiwan, where he graduated from the China Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He worked as a military engineer in the Taiwanese Marine Corp, rising to the rank of major and station of liaison officer for military arsenals. George married Amy Jui-Yen Fan in 1962. The couple had two children.

George retired from the military in 1969 and moved his family to Indonesia to join his mother, brother, Lee Jin Liang, and stepfather. 

He came to the United States in 1971 to study at the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a masters in business administration. With this business degree, George returned to Indonesia and became general manager of a textile factory. He retired in 1980 to join his family in San Francisco.

During his retirement, George developed a passion and expertise for Chinese astrology. He presented his findings at lectures in San Francisco and New York. He enjoyed the many visitors at his home for consultations on their astrological charts.

George is survived by his wife Amy, daughter Anna of Sunnyvale, son Philip of Alameda and grandsons Carter and Edward of Alameda.

Jean L. Oliver Patterson, 93, passed away peacefully in Alameda on March 7, 2019, in the presence of her family.

Jean was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 10, 1925, to Thomas D. and Florence Arends. Jean’s father was a Presbyterian minister, so the family moved frequently around the Midwest. In 1946, Jean married Jack Oliver and continued to move around the country numerous times during his career in the Army. They divorced in 1978 and she moved to Alameda. In 1983, Jean married Roger Patterson and they enjoyed 24 years together.  

Jean resided in Alameda for more than 40 years, 20 of which she spent working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After retiring in 1995, she volunteered as an English tutor at Woodstock School. In her free time, Jean enjoyed playing and watching golf, rooting for the 49ers, doing crossword puzzles, drinking red wine and working out with her personal trainer. She also loved to travel, taking trips to Europe and Alaska with her family.

She is survived by her three children: Marilyn Thomas (Joel) of Brentwood, Susan Godfrey of Alameda and Steven Oliver (Stella) of Manteca, her step-daughter Sue Patterson of Alameda, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has one living sister, Patricia Barry, who resides in Sacramento. 

She was preceded in death by her two husbands and her sister Muriel “Terry” Arends. 
Her energy, sass and love of life will be sorely missed by her friends and family.  

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