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Ex-AP Bureau Chief Gallimore Dies

January 5, 1998

KILMARNOCK, Va. (AP) _ Bob Gallimore, a journalist who spent more than half of his 35 years with The Associated Press as chief of the news cooperative’s Virginia bureau in Richmond, has died of heart disease. He was 77.

Gallimore, who died Saturday, had retired in 1985 and moved to a home he built himself near Chesapeake Bay in Virginia’s Northern Neck, about 60 miles northeast of Richmond.

During his 18-year tenure as bureau chief, he supervised coverage of the deadly 1969 floods in western Virginia that killed more than 100 people, the demise of the Byrd family political dynasty that had ruled the state for generations, the election of the state’s first Republican governor and the resumption of executions in Virginia after a 20-year hiatus.

Gallimore was a past president of the Richmond professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which gave him its highest honor, the George Mason Award, in 1985. In 1981, the Virginia AP Broadcasters named its annual lifetime achievement award for him.

Gallimore was born in Hong Kong and was a graduate of the Shanghai American School. He graduated from Wake Forest University and began his journalism career with the Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times in 1945.

He joined the AP in 1950 as a newsman in Huntington, W.Va. He was transferred three years later to the Kansas City bureau, where he remained for 14 years until his promotion in 1967 to bureau chief in Richmond.

He is survived by his wife, Ida, two sons and three grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at the Kilmarnock Baptist Church.

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