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Julius Gaillard III

Julius F. Gaillard III

In City of Death: Oakland, CA


Date of Death: March 9, 2013


Beloved Husband of: Debra Rhodes Gaillard of Oakland, CA


Loving Father of: Aisha Gaillard Blackwell of Oakland, CA, Julius F. Gaillard IV of Oakland, CA


Father-in-Law of: William H. Blackwell Jr. of Oakland, CA


Dear Brother of: Ralph C. Gaillard Sr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jill Gaillard Sampson of Houston, Texas


Dear Grandfather of: Asata Liani Gaillard and Amaya Imani Blackwell


Also Survived by: a host of Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and Lifelong Family and Friends near and far


A Native of: Chicago, Illinois


Aged 71 Years (DOB: August 9, 1941)


Life, Work & Career: In 1963 Julius graduated with a Bachelor of Science as the first W. Clement Stone Scholar from George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams Graduate School of Social Work in 1965 with a Master of Social Work.


In his early years, Julius worked with urban youth and families in boy's clubs, youth centers, settlement houses, and youth gang outreach in Chicago. He also began his mission to help mentally ill adolescents and the developmentally disabled.


He honed his leadership skills serving both as a professor and a director in mental health capacities throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.


In 1974, he moved to Fresno, CA, where he was the Program Manager for the Central Valley Regional Center. In 1977 he relocated to Oakland, CA, where he took the position of Executive Director of the Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco, CA. For the next 26 years, he served a community-based network of disabled children and adults in the Bay Area. Upon retirement in 2003, Julius settled into a life of world travel and adventure unlike no other. He was loved by many, and will be missed by all.


Professional Affiliations: American Association of Mental Retardation, American Public Health Association, Association of Regional Center Agencies, Bay Area Black United Fund, Bay Area Urban League, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Institute of Art and Disabilities Board of Directors, The United Way of the Bay Area Board of Directors, University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Board of Trustees (University of California, Berkeley), Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Upsilon Boulé


Services will be held at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2013
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