Tom Gallagher, a former Nevada gaming executive, died in a California hospital from Cancer complications aged 76. Gallagher has a long career as an attorney and as an executive in the hospitality industry.
He served as Vice president and general counsel for the Hilton Hotels Corp. He also served as Park Place Entertainment’s chief executive officer beginning in 2000.
He left Park Place Entertainment in 2002, after which it was renamed Caesars Entertainment, which owns major hotel-casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.
Caesars Entertainment acknowledged Gallagher’s role in the company in the most difficult time, including September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Caesars also attributed Nevada’s growth to his education and philanthropic work.
Other people have also reflected on Gallagher’s contribution in the state and to their own lives. They include Nevada Senator Roberta Gustave Lange (D), who worked with him in a congressional campaign. Lange said that Gallagher encouraged her to seek the public office position.
Many people have reflected on Gallagher’s contributions to the state and their own lives. They also shared some moments, including having lunch or dinner together for the last 18 years.
“His heart was larger than life, and his advice meant so much to me. People come into our lives leaving their mark, and we are forever changed.”
Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst also praised Gallagher for his philanthropic efforts noting that he proposed the hiring and promoting women and people of color.
Gallagher died on Thursday at Irvine Medical Center after a year fighting cancer. According to an obituary, Gallagher will be cremated in Orange County California, and a memorial service is scheduled for a later date.