The cause was cancer. She was 95.
For 43 years until 2011, the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association (REBA) and Anna Galloway were synonymous with each other.
Born in Germany, she became a nurse during World War II. Galloway knew the poverty and depravation that wartime brought. Her overwhelming wish over the years of hardship was to some day come to America and particularly Southern California, “where the oranges grow.”
Following the war, she became catering manager for the world famous Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Four Seasons) in Hamburg, where she met such notable world figures as Aristotle Onassis, whom she described as “charming” and “very nice,” adding, “I understood why Jackie was attracted to him.”
After arriving in the United States, Anna was catering manager at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco. She moved on to the El Mirador Hotel during the heyday of Palm Springs, where she met luminaries such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Walt Disney and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1964, Anna met her future husband, Clark Galloway, and together they moved to San Francisco where she sold real estate not knowing that would foreshadow her future with REBA. Moving to La Jolla in 1968, Ana finally found herself “where the oranges grow.” Clark passed away 10 years ago.
Even though Anna was the executive director of REBA, nothing was beneath her. Many mornings she could be found in front of the REBA building at 908 Kline St., sweeping down the public sidewalk and walkways to the building. One rainy morning, past REBA president Pat Park recalled, the roof leaked terribly and Anna rushed to position buckets strategically around the meeting room.
Current board member Sally Whitney was a little girl who hung around the REBA office waiting for her Realtor parents, who said Anna (who never had children) was very loving toward youngsters.
As word spread of Galloway's death among current and past members of REBA, friends and colleagues remembered Anna as the backbone of the organization, running the operation with the precision and high standards that German culture is known for. However, under that veneer of strict adherence to the rules beat a heart of gold, particularly when it came to helping new REBA members get started in the business.
Current REBA president, Jeff Nunn, of Coldwell Banker, echoed the feelings of the membership that she held herself to the highest standards and never wavered from her moral compass.
Anna is survived by her sister in Sweden and her friend, Mc-Broom.