LONGVIEW (LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL) —
One of Longview’s most iconic figures — businessman, civic leader and former Mayor Lou Galosy — died late Tuesday just months shy of his 90th birthday.
Galosy was one of the city’s most influential civic leaders through the last half of the 20th century, known for his dapper dress, gentlemanly demeanor and business acumen. He served as mayor from 1985-91 and was instrumental in the founding of Good Shepherd Hospital, later Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Brad Tidwell, president and 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.
Galosy was the city’s last two-term mayor before current Mayor Jay Dean.