Back IN MEMORIAM      

To recognize those who have gone before us, this page is dedicated to those members of the Galbraith Clan who have made their mark on this world, be it large or small. To honor those who have finished their journey, and passed on to the hereafter. It is not our intent to only recognize those individuals who were members of our organization, but to include members of Clan Galbraith from all over the world. If you have individuals you would like to honor here, please submit a brief biography and a photo if possible to the website webmaster -

"You canna see Ben Lomond, Sae far are you awa'
Nor o' Ben Nevis get a glint A' wrapt in virgin snaw;
But oh, forget not Scotland, this goodly Christmas-tide
And welcome this bit heather sprig, Beyond the waters wide."

Poem buried with Helen Donaldson Galbraith in 1920 when she passed away at the age of 96
still missing her beloved homeland after 70 years...she was also buried with that bit of heather sprig

Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. 1911-2001

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James (Jim) Bartrom Galbraith

He passed away on July 19, 2020. Although not a member of Clan Galbraith Society, he was a donor to the Clan Galbraith DNA project. He was a first cousin of Joyce Galbraith Colony (CGS # 42), Elizabeth Galbraith DeCarolis (CGS # 681) and Carolyn Galbraith Nolan (CGS # 1651); and first cousin once removed of Catherine Allison DeCarolis Medovich (CGS # 243).
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Vivian Mae Rogers

Vivian Mae Rogers, Member #151 has been with us since our Clan organization began in 1981.

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Glenn E. Smith

Glenn was CGA member #295 from 1985 to 2017. He was VP from 1988 to 1990 and then President from 1990-1994.
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  David Ray Galbreath

Member David Ray Galbreath passed away on the 15 Mar 2017.
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Mervin Colin WARD2000

Mervin passed away on September 26, 2000.  He was CGA member #271, since 1984. He is survived by his wife Barbara.

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Wanda Ras
1921 - 2010

Wanda Eileen Ras was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents Hazel Marie Galbraith of Germantown, Kentucky and Roy Andrew Brown of Macon, Georgia. After relocating to the city of Rochester, NY she met and married Erik Michaelsen. In Greece, New York they raised two sons Ralph Lynn and James Erik; and three daughters, Eileen Hazel, Ann Marie and Debra. In later years Wanda became a stepmother to 5 more children when she married Peter Ras. She was a wonderful, loving mother to all her children.
Wanda worked as a respiratory therapist and was very active in her church. She enjoyed reading far into her old age, and when she was younger, belonged to the �Great Books� group for women.
In addition to her children, she leaves behind several nieces and nephews, many cousins, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was pre-deceased by her younger sister Evelyn Marie Terhune.


1st cousin of Wanda Eileen Ras above.
Ellsworth Lynn �Woody� Woodward passed away July 2, 2019 in Irvine California at the age of 100 years old. He was born on November 25, 1918 to his parents, Lettie Lee Galbraith-Woodward and Joseph Daniel Woodward. Lettie was the daughter of Rose Perrin Linn and James Savage Galbraith. He had one younger brother, Harold Melvin Woodward who preceded him in death. Serving in World War II, he traveled to many countries serving as an aircraft Radio Operator in the Army Air Corps. Alice Eileen Semon and Woody were introduced by their respective cousins and married in Covington, Kentucky in 1942. They resided in Dayton, Ohio until Woody�s retirement from General Motors when they moved to Clearwater, Florida where they lived until Alice�s death in 2014. At that time, Woody moved to Irvine, California to be close to his two daughters, Carolyn Lee Woodward-Millar and Joan Lynne Woodward-Dewing. At his 100th birthday, family and friends from around the US joined him in celebrating his longevity and remarkable life. He is survived by his loving family�daughter- Carolyn, four grand-children- Scott Cockerill, Daniel Catalano, Kimberly Catalano, Jeffrey Amend and two great grand-daughters- Courtney Catalano and Ainsley Amend.

Milton A. "Al" Galbraith, Jr.
1944 - 2011

Milton Alvin Galbraith Jr., known to all who loved him as Al, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 31st.
A resident of Clearwater, Florida for most of his teenage and adult life, Al was a passionate citizen who loved the Bay area and served the community through his employment as City Attorney by both the City of St. Petersburg (2000-2011) and the City of Clearwater (1985 through the late 1990's).
Al actively participated in the Clan Galbraith Society, working as Secretary for the organization that helped him reconnect with his Scottish roots. Inspired, he took his wife, daughter, and Mother in Law on a trip to Scotland a few years ago and was able to see the original castle that the Galbraith clan owned and lived in centuries ago. He enjoyed attending the bi-annual Clan meetings, including last year in Victoria, B.C., which conveniently enabled him to see his daughter in Seattle, WA.
Al will forever be remembered by his family as a devoted husband and loving father. His legacy lives on in the memories of those who knew him, and the grandchildren who called him "Poppi".


Loree Gilbreath Miller
1915 - 2010

Longtime Clan Galbraith member, Loree Gilbreath Miller, died October 6, 2010 in Ft. Worth, TX at age 95 after a brief illness.
Loree worked her college summers for Lyndon Johnson, then Texas director of the National Youth Administration, driving herself around the area teaching farmwomen how to safely can vegetables and fruit. After the last of her seven children started to school, Loree worked as a school librarian.
Joining Clan Galbraith in 1982, she served as a commissioner for her area in the mid 90's. She and Fred attended several clan gatherings where she made many long-lasting friendships. It was to Clan Galbraith that she presented her life work: Andrew Gilbreath of Virginia, Proof of Parents for Hugh Gilbreath, born 1781 in Virginia, Allied Families Hicklin, Coffey, and Turnbow. It had taken her 25 years of laborious research to complete it.
Loree contributed to The Red Tower and kept up a lively correspondence with her fellow Clan Galbraith members. Along with Clan Galbraith, Loree belonged to First Families of Tennessee, The American Genealogical Society, and the Mary Isham Keith Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. When Clan Galbraith began their DNA project, she was disappointed to learn she could not participate. So she quickly enlisted her younger brother, Tad, to send in a kit to be analyzed. She continued to be interested in this project until she died. Just weeks before her death, she read her last Red Tower from cover to cover. Loree was known to her Clan Galbraith friends as a keen researcher.


Audrey Galbraith
1926 - 2010

On August 29, 2010, our Association lost a long time supporter and member, Audrey Galbraith. She, along with her husband Jack, attended the First International Gathering of the Clans in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1977. All the Galbraith's attending that event -some 137 - later gathered at Culcreuch Castle where Hercules Robinson, then owner of our ancestral home, formed a Galbraith Clan association which Audrey and Jack joined. Audrey and Jack returned to Culcreuch Castle for the 2002 Clan Gathering and they attended the 2004 Gathering in Cape Breton. Audrey was the mother of John and Jane, a former public school teacher, figure skating judge, general volunteer, and dedicated homemaker.


Sharon Galbraith
1942 - 2009

Sharon Galbraith, wife of clan piper Jack Galbraith, left us on July 12, 2009. Although not born a Scot, she enjoyed all things Scottish. Her first visit to Scotland was for her son's wedding in Culcreuch Castle and revisited later as a tourist. She enjoyed cruises and counted Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Hawaii, and multiple Caribbean islands as destinations; she and her husband also visited Israel. Sharon became very adept using a computer and was a major contributor to the design of their retirement home in New Mexico.
Sharon is the mother of Gary and Scott and was successful in business as an education product manager, technical writer, and bill collector.


Jean Scroggie
1927 - 2009

A proud lifetime member of Clan Galbraith since 1983, Jean died November 2 in Durham, NC.  She was raised in NY and VA, graduating from Middlebury College, VT. She and husband Bob Seixas resided in VT, where Jean was a substitute teacher and raised 3 children.  After the marriage ended, Jean operated a small college bookstore. In 1997, Jean and companion John Wichern retired to Chapel Hill, NC. Jean was thrilled to be able to attend the nearby 2008 CGA gathering in Huntersville, NC and becoming reacquainted with friends.


Byron Alexander Gilbreath

Stephenville, Texas died Dec.28. 2006. Interred in his family cemetery, Gatesville, Texas.. He was preceeded in death by three brothers.

Survivors: Wife, Virginia: Stepchildren and
spouses; Mark and Lisa Ellis, Kathy and Scott Hudson, Teresa and Michael Fairies; sisters, Doris Wall of Temple, Dollie Shepherd of Dallas, Ruth Jones of Gatesville; brother, Wesley Benton Gilbreath of Houston; and Grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon Hudson, Tanner and Kathryn Ellis.

Joan Gilbreath March 7, 1926
February 9, 2006

Mom in Seville by John C. Isbell

Mom is in the gardens of the Alcazars. She is wearing Black, with a black straw hat. She is traveling again. The years have been kind to her. Her white hair Is almost blond, and her smile is confident; Her birdlike cheekbones frame her alert eyes. She is taking everything in.

There is only so much time In this life, and how better to spend it than with family In strange parts of the world? Mom has seen China and the Pyramids, and now she�s left her cottage To see Seville again. It is so lovely. Mom is pausing to rest on a bench And contemplate these gardens and her granddaughter.

Behind her, the warm sun dapples the earth: There is a place for elegance in this world.


Andrew Galbraith Emerson

Clan Galbraith Society was deeply saddened as we received the news that we had lost a much-loved member.  Andrew Galbraith (Andy) Emerson died of a heart attack August 16, 2004 while on vacation on the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. He had been in good health and had been jogging and bike riding earlier in the day.

Andy, our Clan Bard, had attended several clan gatherings, where he entertained us with his guitar playing, singing (often in Gaelic), stories and sense of humor.

He left his wife, Tilly Jo (also known to and well-liked by many of us); a son Ken and two daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth; two sisters, Lucy Kistler and C. G. A. member Katherine (Kitty) Pedersen of Montana (whom some of us had met at Culcreuch) and four grandchildren.  Andy and Tilly Jo had recently moved from their long-time home in Maplewood to Morris Township, NJ.

A service was held at St. George�s Church, Mapleton, on August 21.  An impressive ceremony in a large, packed church was highlighted by a eulogy delivered by Andy�s son Ken and an emotional tribute and poem presented by Haung Xian.  Andy had spent five years in a labor of love to translate his poetry into English, published here but banned in China.  A bagpiper, Colin Nisbet, played before the service and led a procession to the church�s Cloister Memorial Garden where Andy was interred.


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Erle Chenault Galbraith Jolson Krasna

Erle Jolson Krasna, the widow of singer Al Jolson and later of screenwriter and producer Norman Krasna, died of cancer January 11, 2004.  She was 81.  Mrs. Krasna, who died at her Century City, California home, controlled Jolson's recordings after his death in 1950.  Jolson starred in the first "talkie" film in 1927, "The Jazz Singer"  Born Erle Chenault Galbraith in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1923, Mrs. Krasna met Jolson at a hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  She moved to Los Angeles and appeared in several minor film roles before marrying Jolson in 1945.  She married Academy Award winning writer Norman Krasna in 1951, and the couple lived in Switzerland for 20 years before her husband, also an RKO executive, died in 1984.  Mrs. Krasna is survived by four children and three grandhildren. (Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on January 26, 2004) Erle Galbraith, shown here with her husband, Al Jolson, was the 1st Cousin once removed of CGA Member Ernest Arthur Galbraith, and the 2nd Cousin of Steve and James Galbraith.


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Nadine Galbraith Mauk

Nadine Galbraith was born to Roy and Etta Allison Galbraith in Melvern, Kansas on March 16, 1919.  Nadine was a long distance telephone operator in Wichita and supervisor with AT&T in Newport News, Virginia during WWII.  Returning to Wichita during WWII, she worked as a PBX operator for the Army Air Force.  After the war, she was co-owner of Mauk Groceteria and later owner of Nadine's Tot and Teen.  She was the department manager of children's wear for Hinkels Department Store in Twin Lakes, a docent at the Wichita Art Museum for 29 years, and was involved in church activities at Fairview Christian Church, a member since 1945.   Nadine married her husband of 62 years, Eugene Mauk on December 16, 1941.   Nadine was very proud of her Scottish heritage and the Clan Galbraith Society was an important part of her life.  She served from 1986 until 1990 as both Secretary and Treasurer with Bob Galbraith as President.  She enjoyed the office very much, when members would renew their memberships she would always write a personal note back with their renewel.  Nadine and Eugene attended the first meeting of Clan Galbraith at Golden, Colorado in 1982.  Nadine left these earthly bonds on Sunday, January 4, 2004.  At her internment, a Scottish Bag Piper lead the procession.


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James Muir Galloway (Jamie) Galbraith

Jamie Galbraith was the third son of the first Lord Strathclyde and was uncle of the current Lord Strathcylde.  Jamie Galbraith passed away on October 4, 2003 at the age of 83.  He held for 32 years the most important post in Scottish land agency, that of head factor to the Duke of Buccleuch.  He was born on September 27, 1920 in Glasgow, the son of Lieutenant T D Galbraith who in 1955 became the first Lort Strathclyde.  With the outbreak of WWII, he was serving in destroyers which brought him to an encounter with German Battleship Bismarck.  In May 1941, during an attack by the Bismarck, Jamie Galbraith suffered severe injuries that resulted in his discharge from the Navy.  After the war, he passed the Land Agents' Society's exam and after periods at Kinmount in Dumbriesshire and Dochfour near Iverness, he was appointed factor at Bowhill, near Selkirk, by Walter, 8th Duke of Bucceleuch in 1954.  In 1964 he was apponted Director of Buccleuch Estates.   In 1984 he was appointed CBE for his services to forestry and land management.  In 1945 he married Anne, daughter of Major Kenneth Paget, of Itchen Abbas, Hampshire; she survives him with their three sons and a daughter.


Peter Roy Clerihew

Peter Clerihew was born in Vancouver, BC, on October 2, 1935 living his whole life in the West Point Grey district of that city.  Most of his out-of-school time was devoted to the Boy Scouts.  He went on to study art history and archeology at the University of British Columbia, and later joined the Canadian Customs and Excise Department as an art and antiques appraiser at the Vancouver Airport.  Peter had a talent for building detailed miniature models of historical buildings of past centuries.  After taking early retirement he devoted his time to the UBC Museum of Anthropology as a volunteer guide.  Peter was a sports fan and avid reader of Scottish military history and enjoyed doing family history research with his sister.  Peter died of a sudden heart attack on July 21, 2003 at the age of 67.  A memorial service was held for him in September 2003 in the Great Hall of the Museum of Anthroplogy.  Peter Clerihew was member 667.

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 Robert L. (Bob) Galbraith

Bob Galbraith, Clan Galbraith Society President from 1986 to 1990 passed away August 28, 2003.  He was born October 3, 1920 to Louis and Pansy Galbraith in Carthage, Missouri, growing up in Joplin and graduating from the University of Missouri with a BA in Business Administration.  He owned and operated the Galbraith Paint Store, one of the oldest businesses in Carthage Square.  Bob was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army Air Corps (Ground Forces).  October 31, 1949, he married Henrietta Smith in Carthage.  His obituary states that "He left his mark in your lives and his hometown for almost 60 years.  He was was a worthy member of a generation which established an image of trust and stability."  Bob wrote most of the early Red Tower articles on Galbraith History.  "He gave the best of himself in serving Clan Galbraith as President.  His heart and soul went into his service without reservation.  Clan Galbraith will forever reap rewards from his dedication"


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Ernest Arthur (Art) Galbraith


Art Galbraith passed away on June 28, 2003, while taking scuba diving lessons at Hoods Canal, Washington.  His family came to America in 1849 and would later work for the Union Pacific as it travel west from Omaha.  His Scottish ancestors came from the shores of Loch Lomond, where his Great-Grandparents were married in Luss, Scotland and his beloved Grandmother was born in Auchterarder, just north of Stirling.  Many of his family were born in and around Kippen and Fintry.  He was very proud of his Scottish heritage and had a great time at the Clan Galbraith Gathering at Culcreuch Castle in May of 2002.

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Gertrude Marie Galbraith Wiegman

Gertrude Wiegman passed away June 18, 2003.  She died at Valley Healthcare Center, San Bernardino at the age of 95.  She was born in Fargo, North Dakota and was a probation officer for women for San Bernardino County from 1939 until 1960.  Previously she worked for the state of California from 1934 until 1937.  She was a Secretary for the American Federation of Labor in 1937 and 1938, and in 1938 and 1939 she worked for Security Title and Trust.  Mrs. Wiegman was a 1930 Graduate of the University of North Dakota.

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Pearl Galbraith Barker

Pearl Barker passed from this earth in May 2003 after a short illness.  She was from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and was descended from the Dutton and West Lorne Galbraith's in Southern Ontario.  Everyone who attended the Galbraith Clan Gathering at Culcreuch Castle in May of 2002 remembers Pearl's amazing zest for laugh, her beautiful smile, and caring nature.  She brought a degree of enthusiasm, and adventure to the gathering in Fintry, Scotland and touched many lives during our all too brief stay at the castle.

Donald Galbraith

Donald Galbraith, Piper, of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada passed away much to early in May of 2003.  His talents with the bagpipes surely touched the heart and soul of all who heard him play.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donald's family as well as the Midnight Sun Pipe Band.

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Charles R. Galbreath

Charles Galbreath of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on January 12, 2003 at the age of 90.  He was the youngest and last surviving of 10 children.

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Lela Marie Hultquist Booth

Lela Booth passed away in Toronto in her 95th year on October 7, 2002.  Lela was a Life Member of Clan Galbraith and up until 2001 was working on tracing the identity of several members of her Galbraith ancestry.  Lela was descended from James Galbraith, died 1744 and buried at Derry Church, Hershey, PA

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Kenneth Eugene Galbreath

Kenneth Galbreath of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on October 21, 2001.  Ken had been a member of Clan Galbraith Society for several years.  He was a 4th generation descendant of Thomas Galbreath and Catherin Kissecker of the Red Horse Tavern in Pulaski County, Virginia

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Louise Galbreath

Louise Galbraith of Pennsylvania, passed away on June 29, 2001.   She was original member number 25.  Louise was the wife of the late Robert F. Galbraith, Jr.

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Mary Galbraith

Mary Galbraith passed away early in March, 2001 after suffering the effects of a stroke.  Mary was married to Victor Irwin Galbraith, member number 161.

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Iva O. Boom

Iva Boom, our oldest Clan member, membership number 12, passed away on January 24, 2001 at Chautaugua Nursing Home in Charles City, Iowa.  She celebrated her 106th birthday on December 7, 2000.

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Louise C. Galbreath

Long time Clan Galbraith Society member, Louise Galbreath, member number 20, of Vicksburg, MS passed away on December 13, 2000.

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Elizabeth Speer Hartwell

Elizabeth Hartwell of Alexandria, VA, member number 158, passed away on December 14, 2000.

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Margaret Irene Rhead

Margaret Rhead passed away on September 26, 2000.   She was member number 92.  Margaret was bornMarch 11, 1917 in Toronto, the daughter of Samuel Cunningham Foster and Angelina Campbell Galbraith, both of Ireland.  She married Francis Arden Wesley in 1941 and raised three boys, Peter, Walter and Robert.

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This page last revised: March 17, 2012

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