Tom Gallagher Dies, Former Nevada Gaming Govt

Posted on: July 20, 2021, 03:05h. 

Last updated on: July 20, 2021, 04:36h.

Previous Nevada gaming govt and congressional candidate Tom Gallagher died Thursday in a California hospital of difficulties from cancer. He was 76.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher is witnessed in this portrait that aired on Las Vegas television station KSNV-Tv set. The longtime Nevadan served as an govt at the hotel-casino business now identified as Caesars Entertainment. (Image: KSNV-Television set)

Gallagher experienced a lengthy career as an legal professional and hospitality marketplace govt. That operate provided serving as executive vice president and general counsel for the Hilton Accommodations Corp. Beginning in 2000, he served as main executive officer of Park Place Entertainment. 

Following Gallagher left Park Place Leisure two years later, it was renamed Caesars Enjoyment. Many of the important hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are owned by Caesars Amusement, like Caesars Palace on the west aspect of the resort corridor and many on the east aspect of the highway.

In a statement, Caesars Entertainment explained Gallagher led the enterprise by means of tough periods, together with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults. The corporation included that Gallagher contributed to Nevada’s advancement “through education and learning, philanthropy, and far more,” the newspaper documented.

‘Larger Than Life’

In current times, lots of people today have mirrored on Gallagher’s contributions to the condition and to their possess lives.

On Facebook, point out Sen. Roberta Gustave Lange (D) mentioned that she was heartbroken over the reduction. The Las Vegas legislator experienced labored on Gallagher’s congressional marketing campaign and received encouragement from him to find community business office. Incumbent US Rep. Jon Porter (R) defeated Gallagher, a Democrat, in the 2004 general election.

Lange reported she either talked to Gallagher on the cellphone or had lunch or meal with him pretty much every single working day for 18 a long time.

His heart was larger sized than existence, and his suggestions meant so a great deal to me,” she wrote on Facebook. “People occur into our life leaving their mark, and we are forever modified.”

Previous Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst, who assisted Gallagher on the congressional campaign and in philanthropic initiatives, mentioned that Gallagher was an early proponent of employing and advertising and marketing woman and folks of colour, the newspaper noted.

“We must all try to be like Tom Gallagher,” stated Jones Blackhurst, a Caesars Entertainment executive. 

Memorial Assistance

On his Fb website page, Gallagher noted the contributions of these he admired.

When Roger Mudd died in March, Gallagher wrote that the television reporter and anchor was “one of my several heroes throughout my years in Washington in the 1970s.” Through that period of time, Gallagher served as chief legislative counsel for US Sen. John Tunney (D) of California.

“He was a actually a class act in each respect,” Gallagher wrote of the journalist. “I was outraged when he was handed around as the selected successor to Walter Cronkite. I constantly felt that CBS had missing a person of its very best reporters when he moved to NBC.”

At the dying of Alex Trebek past calendar year, Gallagher famous that the Jeopardy! quiz show host “lost his battle.” Gallagher experienced been an government with the Griffin Group, doing work for Merv Griffin, who developed Jeopardy! in the 1960s.

Gallagher wrote, “Having been Merv Griffin’s law firm and then CEO, I am considerably saddened to get rid of this kind of a class act. RIP Alex.”

Gallagher died at the College of California, Irvine Professional medical Middle after preventing most cancers for a 12 months, KSNV-Television described. A cremation will get put in Orange, Calif. Memorial products and services are to be set at a afterwards date, in accordance to an obituary. The loved ones requested donations be made to the Desert Investigation Institute Foundation in Reno, exactly where Gallagher served as a trustee. 

Gallagher is among the many prominent Nevadans who have died because late last 12 months, including previous condition Sen. Joe Neal (D) and Northern Nevada gaming pioneer John Ascuaga.