Clyde Alan Galloway

February 17, 1960May 12, 2020

Clyde Alan Galloway died May 12, 2020 at his home in Raleigh NC.

Alan was born February 17, 1960 and grew up on the Galloway Family tobacco farm in Bolivia, NC. A graduate of South Brunswick High School and UNC Wilmington, he retired from a 32-year career at NC State University in the technology department, culminating as Director of the Data Center Management-Office of Information Technology.

He is predeceased by his parents Clyde Galloway (1-6-1920/11-7-2012) and Maggie Aileen Evans Galloway (3-25-1927/11-16-2017). He is the grandson of the late Frank E. and Annie Maultsby Galloway and the late Early Ezekiel and Retha Ann Long Evans.

He is survived by: one sister, Eloise Pierce Causey of Shallotte; one brother Franklin Earl Galloway of Bolivia; one nephew: Joseph Causey; one niece: April Causey Trull and husband Mark Trull; grandnephews: Christopher Evans, Patrick Evans, Nicholas Causey; and grandnieces: Carleigh Causey and Natalie Evans.

Alan was a world-renowned plant explorer and botanical scientist, having conducted 21 study expeditions to remote regions of the world, where he discovered 30 plant species new to science. Two of these were named after him to honor his contributions: Amorphophallus Gallowayi and Typhonium Gallowayi. He collected and cultivated rare tropical plants, publishing his findings with international plant societies. He donated the region’s most comprehensive collection of rare tropical plants to various botanical gardens and arborea. He was an adjunct researcher with the Juniper Level Botanical Garden and contributor to the International Aroid Society. Alan’s personal botanical website, found at "" published copyrighted images of interesting and rare plants.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


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Yvette Davis

August 14, 2020


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Sally & Tom Humble

May 18, 2020

Though I never met any of Alan Galloway's relatives, we want them and his friends to know that he was a wonderful neighbor to us during a portion of his years in Raleigh. As our backyard neighbor, it gave me great comfort to know that he brought a love of gardening to property originally developed by garden lovers, Ralph and Juanita McClain, who also sold us our lot. As we finished an addition to our house in 2000, Alan came with a gift for us--two lovely ficus trees. They had been outside all summer, he said, and had grown so much there was not room to take them inside again, but they would be perfect for our new room. Anyone who knows plants will realize this was a very expensive, generous, and wonderful gift. One had a beautiful, twisted double trunk, and both were at least 4-5 feet tall. For at least 15 years they flourished, but as their lives ended, though Alan had moved away, he still answered my call for help, assuring me they had survived well, and I should let them go. I did, however, save one little segment of one tree, and it has continued to grow, but slowly.This May, about the same day as his passing, I realized I should put this remnant outside this summer to see if it might grow more heartily. I should call, I thought, to ask Alan--sun, shade, or some of both. I decided I should not bother him, not knowing he had retired from NCSU, and consulted the internet, instead. I was shocked today to read of his death--he seemed so young when he left our neighborhood. Until today, I had no idea he was such a famous expert on plants--he introduced himself as a tech person, instead, which he was as well. I know those who knew him much better than ourselves appreciated both his sets of extraordinary skills. He was obviously not one to brag about his fame or unique achievements. We are so saddened by this loss, for his relatives' and close friends' sakes, but also for the loss to this world of a man so very gifted, sensitive, and kind.

David Livingston

May 17, 2020

Alan, It was an awesome pleasure getting to know you. My only regret is, there wasn't enough time to become friends. Still, I value every conversation with you, and consider them a treasure I get to keep in your memory. I will do my best to be certain at least some of your Amorphophallus work persists for future generations to enjoy, and will reflect on you each time I care for each one. May you rest in peace, sir.

Attached photo is your hybrid, Amorphophallus impressus x aff. lewelii. It bloomed for me on May 13th. I hope you caught a glimpse of it while on your way home. Peace!

Jennifer Moore Myers

May 16, 2020

I knew Alan in grad school in the mid-1990s. He was our department's "IT guy" and the kindest, most good-natured human you could ever know. Alan had an impressive collection of plants in his office, and we often talked about where he found each specimen and how to care for it. I'm a plant geek myself now, and I'm grateful for his mentoring. Sending peace and comfort to his loved ones.

GATARD jean-luc

May 16, 2020

Dear alls,
I would like offering my deep condolences to you.
Alan was so friendly with the plant gowers around the world.
We have lost a great botanist and friend.
He will remain forever in our memories through our plants.
Good luck to all of you.
Jean-Luc Gatard from France

Lee Pipkin

May 15, 2020

Alan was always a joy to work with. We had some great conversations over the years. My condolences to the Galloway family.

Tom Karches

May 15, 2020

I always enjoyed hearing of Alan's adventures on his plant gathering trips to Asia. He was a good guy and will be missed. Condolences to his family.

Harry Nicholos

May 14, 2020

Alan was a beloved friend and colleague. We had a great time working together for over 25 years - he will be missed!

May His Memory Be Eternal