SEMI Remembers Former Chairman of the Board, James E. Gallagher

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Industry Pioneer and GCA Co-Founder was Strong Influence on Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing Industry

SAN JOSE, Calif. – February 8, 2006 – Former SEMI chairman of the board and co-founder of GCA Corporation, James E. (Jim) Gallagher, of Acton, Massachusetts, passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

As a pioneer in the semiconductor equipment industry, Gallagher was a strong influence on the industry in its formative years. From the time he helped co-found GCA Corporation with Milt Greenberg in 1958 until 1988 when the company was sold to General Signal, Gallagher remained deeply involved and committed to the organization. He held a number of positions at the company including director and senior vice president of operations in charge of GCA’s IC Systems Group.

In addition to his roles at GCA, Gallagher also served as president and chairman of the SEMI Board of Directors for two terms from 1978-1980. In 1981, Gallagher was honored by the Semiconductor Equipment Marketing Council of Japan for his contributions in bringing influence and understanding to the area of U.S.-Japan trade relations.

“I was fortunate to have worked closely with Jim Gallagher. He served as the president and chairman of SEMI when I first joined the seven other members of the SEMI Board of Directors. He was truly a great contributor and served our industry association with inspired leadership during its formative years," said James C. Morgan, chairman of Applied Materials and former chairman of the SEMI Board of Directors. "He also made significant contributions to the semiconductor industry as one of its pioneers. His contributions as a co-founder of the GCA Corporation and as an evangelist of U.S.-Japanese trade relations helped lay the foundation for a truly collaborative and global semiconductor industry, and he will be greatly missed."

Gallagher is survived by his wife Lois, three children, and eight grandchildren.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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