|Sergio and Guillermina Gallegos|
The Sergio Gallegos Family
(Honoring Sergio Gallegos posthumously)
Nominated by Wilfredo Santos-Rivera
The Sergio Gallegos Family has a long history of community involvement. The family was particularly active in the field of education. As a family and as individuals, they supported civil and human rights causes.
Mr. Sergio Gallegos passed away on February 16, 2015. He was born in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City in 1939. At the age of 8, he began selling chiclets on the streets of Mexico City to help provide economically for his mother and siblings.
At the age of 15, Sergio became an apprentice jeweler under the tutelage of his uncle. It was this talent that gave Mr. Gallegos his career. He became known as one of the best diamond setters in the United States and Mexico.
Employment in the United States beckoned, and Mr. Gallegos came to work for prestigious jewelry companies such as Cartier, Tiffany’s, and Samuel Gordon Jewelers.
Mr. Gallegos valued education, seeing it as the gateway to success. He wanted for his children to get an Associates degree and beyond. As a result of his encouragement, one obtained an Associate degree, one obtained an Executive Management certificate, two earned a Master’s, four received Bachelor’s degrees, and one obtained a Juris Doctorate.
Sergio Gallegos is survived by his wife, Guillermina Gallegos, his children and his many wonderful grandchildren.