Alfred Forney Gallup died May 26, 2016, age 100, at his home in the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He was born in Marysville, KS to Ralph Forney Gallup and Stella Hawkins Gallup. Al graduated in 1938 from the K.U. School of Business. On Dec 7, 1941, he was drafted and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. After flight training he served as a “Hump Pilot,” flying C-46 aircraft from Burma and India over the Himalayas to China until the end of WWII. He continued his education at Columbia University, earning a Master’s in Business. He was an Assistant Professor of Air Force ROTC at K.U. and K.S.U. In 1950, Al began work as a sales agent in Lawrence for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co, retiring at age 82.
In 1942, Al and his college sweetheart Winifred Hill married at Lackland Air Base, Texas. Together they raised two daughters.
Al is survived by his wife, daughters Nancy Penland, M.D. (husband Ralph Penland) and Cindy Pine (husband Richard Pine, Jr, dec.)
He also is survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His parents, his sister Alice Gallup and his son-in-law Rick preceded him in death.
Al had a lifelong habit of quiet service to his family, his church and his community. He loved singing in the Lawrence Civic Choir and the First Presbyterian Church choir, participating in Kiwanis and Delta Upsilon, golfing, traveling, and gardening. He golfed in the Senior Olympics at age 89. Al belonged to First Presbyterian Church from the 1930s. He joined Kiwanis Club in 1953; he was its Substantial Citizen in 2007. Al helped bring the Presbyterian Manor to Lawrence. He kept in touch with family and friends through email, texting and cellphone. Among his friends are K.U. graduates around the world, whom he and Winnie met through K.U.’s international student hosting program. Al had a great gift for and intense interest in recalling names, languages and life details of his friends and acquaintances.
Al had a saving faith in his Lord, Jesus Christ, which he shared joyfully with his family and friends.
Services are Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W 13th St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Good Samaritan Program of Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, and to the Deacons’ Fund of the First Presbyterian Church.