Chamber mourns passing of Jack Gallivan, A Giant in Our City
SALT LAKE CITY - (Oct. 3, 2012) The Salt Lake Chamber is greatly saddened by the news of John W. Gallivan’s passing. In the past century, very few contributed more to Salt Lake and Utah than “Jack” Gallivan. A Giant in Our City, he will be remembered as one of the most influential leaders our community has ever known.
“Jack Gallivan inspired a generation of business leaders to look beyond self and focus on the community,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “He proved the amazing amount of good one person can accomplish in a lifetime. We’re lucky to have him and honored his legacy will always lead back to the beautiful city he loved.”
Gallivan’s varied accomplishments reveal a man constantly working to improve himself and those around him. He went to work for the Salt Lake Tribune in 1937. During the next 60 years he served as journalist, editor, publisher and chairman of the board. When Utah’s tourism was nearly non-existent and Park City had dwindled to a virtual ghost town, he secured funding that laid the groundwork for Utah’s modern ski industry.
Gallivan played an integral role in the 2002 Winter Olympics, paving the way nearly 30 years before. Thanks to his tireless vision, the world witnessed the beauty of the Wasatch and the grandeur of our state.
Gallivan will be remembered as a community builder, deeply committed to the betterment of Utah and its capital city. He was an original author of the Second Century Plan. Unveiled in 1962, the plan resulted in signature projects that greatly benefitted the community including the Salt Palace, Symphony Hall, Capitol Theatre and the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The Second Century Plan served as the inspiration for the Downtown Rising movement. He was the original signer of the Downtown Rising charter. The Gallivan Center, one of Salt Lake’s most prominent squares, fittingly bears his name.
“Our task,” said Gallivan, “is to make all of Utah as beautiful in man-made additions as it is in God-given wonders; beautiful in the maintenance of the good life; beautiful in social equality and justice; beautiful in the brotherhood of mankind."