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 admin.
"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
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.
Milton A. "Al" Galbraith, Jr.
Milton Alvin Galbraith Jr., known to all who loved him as Al, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 31st.
Loree Gilbreath Miller
Longtime Clan Galbraith member, Loree Gilbreath Miller, died October 6, 2010 in Ft. Worth, TX at age 95 after a brief illness.
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, 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.
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
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 Association 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.
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.
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 Association
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.
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.
Robert L. (Bob) Galbraith
Bob Galbraith, Clan Galbraith Association 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"
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.
Charles R. Galbreath
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
Kenneth Eugene Galbreath
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.
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.
Long time Clan Galbraith Association member, Louise Galbreath, member number 20, of Vicksburg, MS passed away on December 13, 2000.
Elizabeth Hartwell of Alexandria, VA, member number 158, passed away on December 14, 2000.
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.
This page last revised: March 17, 2012
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