AIA Los Angeles remembers Ray Gaio, AIA

Raymond L. Gaio, 78, a long-time resident of Los Angeles, California, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017. Ray died from esophageal cancer.

Ray was born on May 3, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois, to Edith and Americo Gaio. Ray graduated from Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield, and went on to Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where he received a degree in architecture in 1961.

Following employment with design firms Leo A. Daly Company (Omaha), Perkins and Will (D.C.) and Vincent G. Kling (Philadelphia), Ray was president and chief executive officer of GAIO, an architectural management consultant firm with offices in L.A. and D.C.

In 1990, Ray served as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and while at Notre Dame had served as president of the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students), from 1960-61. In 1986, Ray was a founding member of AFLA (Architectural Foundation of L.A.). Ray also lectured around the world, and authored numerous articles.

Ray is survived by his life-partner, Eric Nielsen, his sister, Mary Edith Contri, cousins Jo Anna and Jim Corredato, Mary and Don Buchman, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a multitude of friends. He also leaves behind his heartbroken Collie, Lady. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul, of Springfield, IL, and his beloved cat, a Maine Coon named Running Bear (RB).

Ray’s candid “tell it like it is” approach ruffled some feathers yet endeared him to many others. He had a quick wit and loved to pontificate. He was resilient--having endured numerous surgeries after a severe automobile accident in 2001. Ray will be remembered by family and friends as a person who really enjoyed life and had a generous spirit. Ray often quoted his father, who told him, “You’re put on earth to do more than just breathe the air.”

A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 9:00 am. Please consider making a donation in Ray’s memory to the Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, (626) 792-7151.
Last updated: 16-May-2017 11:02 AM
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