Galaris was the school’s first-ever All-American in 1967 and graduated as Salem State’s all-time scoring leader with 2,455 points. After playing professionally in Greece for a year, he returned to Salem State ion 1969 and worked as assistant and director of the Campus Center. He retired in 2002 and the awards Salem State hands out to its top male and female scholar-athletes each year are named in his honor.
“John served as a mentor to so many professionals and students throughout his career and into his retirement about 11 years ago. He never really left our campus and could be found at the O’Keefe Sports Complex care where he provided valuable advice to the athletic staff and students nearly every day. John will be missed by many people,” Shea said.