Charles Terry Dooley
1930 - 2020
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June 24, 1930 - September 27, 2020 We celebrate Charles "Terry" Dooley who led a full life of service to family, career, and community. Born in Hammond, IN, Terry spent much of his childhood in South Bend, IN, where he became a life long Fighting Irish fan. He was the oldest of five siblings. Terry received a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's University in Minnesota in 1951, also the year he married the love of his life, Kathleen Hughes Dooley. They moved to Champaign, Illinois, where they started a family while Terry completed his BS in Civil Engineering in 1954. Accepting a job with Bethlehem Steel, the family moved to the west coast where Terry spent the next 26 years in Bethlehem's construction divisions. He was involved in the erection of bridges in California, and the Pacific northwest, with high voltage transmission towers across Arizona, and helped pioneer seismic construction technologies with the building of the earliest ductile moment-resisting space frames in reinforced concrete in Los Angeles. He received his ME degree from UCLA in 1969, in the Executive Engineering Program. Kathy and their six children fondly remember peering into construction holes, admiring bridges, and road trips to the national parks. Starting in 1981, Terry spent 21 years with Morley Builders of Santa Monica. Highlight projects included the Powell Library seismic upgrade and architectural restoration project at UCLA, the seismic base isolation of Rockwell (now Boeing) Building 80 in Seal Beach, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Each had a significant seismic performance component. When the cathedral was dedicated in 2002, Terry retired from Morley Builders and founded the ACE Mentor Program in Southern California, where his leadership and passion for helping students led to the creation of 27 inner-city high school teams each paired with a half-dozen mentors from the southland's top firms in architecture, construction and engineering. In addition to the vibrant field trips and construction challenges, thousands of students have received college scholarships. Terry was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the co-winner of its 1991 Awards for Innovation in Civil Engineering for Rockwell Building 80. He was an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute and received its Corbetta Award for "contributions to the advancement of construction techniques in seismic repair and retrofit." He was also an Honorary Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. Terry participated in many industry organizations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and chaired its Construction Industries Committee. Kathy and Terry have been active members of St. Cyril's Catholic Parish in Encino since 1960 where Terry sang in the choir for many years. They have also been Oblates of St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey in Valyermo. His passion for choral music led to strong support of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Terry and Kathy have been role models for social justice for their children, grandchildren, great grands and the community through their active support of MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), and their active leadership of the Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley since the 1960s. A highlight of Terry's work for civil rights was his participation in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 Selma march. His dedication and care for family, upstanding character, work ethic, and enthusiasm for live music performances and ice cream will be missed. Terry leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Kathy, six children Beth Virani, Brendan Dooley (Linda), Jeanne Reinelt (Doug), Nina Dooley (Craig South), Paul Dooley (Caroline), Martha Dooley, twelve grandchildren Lisa, Neil, Tina (Rob), Cindy, Ryan (Bita), Matt (Naomi), Katie (Chris), Heather (David), Eric, Erin, Michael, Kathleen, and eleven great grandchildren Damon, Lily, Noah, Sage, Grace, Colin, Alyssa, Aiden, Olivia, Emma, and Dean. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ACE Mentor, MEND or St. Andrew's Abbey.

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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Oct. 2, 2020.
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October 7, 2020
Condolences to All,
Terry Hughes here, youngest son of Mark and Mary Jo Hughes.
I am very fortunate and grateful to have been named after my uncle. I always wondered as a child why I was named after an "inlaw"...what were my parents thinking? However, after knowing Uncle Terry as an adult I understood. He was as noble and kind as a person I had ever met. How lucky I feel to have the same name.
He will be missed but remembered with smile and memories of the best weekend ever... Aunt Kathy and Uncle Terry showed my wife and I the best tour of LA anyone would wish for. Topped off with those choice seats behind home plate at Dodgers Standium....against the Nations no less. Thanks for the memories.
He will be missed.
Terry Hughes
October 6, 2020
God bless Terry and his family. We share a great grandfather Patrick Dooley born Strokestown County Roscommon1824 died La Salle Il1887.
W Patrick Dooley
October 6, 2020
In this incredibly difficult time, may you find solace in knowing thousands of people are praying for you any your family. Terry was one of the purest soles and greatest men I ever met.
Ryan Dumoulin
October 5, 2020
Terry has meant so much to me and to everyone involved with the ACE Mentor program in Los Angeles that his passing is felt very deeply by all of us. I believe Terry’s spirit lives on in the ACE Program that he created, the kids he has helped and all of us for whom he has been a powerful role model. Few people have had such a positive impact on the world. We miss him already and our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and all of the Dooley family.
Lori Guidry
October 5, 2020
Kathy and the Dooley family, the children of Martin and Ann Lynch want to express our sympathy with you on Terry’s death. We remember fondly the times at your house in Encino. And even before that in Seattle on Capitol Hill. And our visit back to LA on the occasion of Mom’s 80th birthday at a gathering at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral. Terry was a gracious host and had a great smile. . And he and Kathy were great friends to my folks.
Brian Lynch
October 4, 2020
Thank you Terry for giving me the opportunity to work at Morley for 17 years & retiring from there. You will be truly missed.
Tim Giles
October 4, 2020
RIP Terry, the best Godfather a fella ever had. I hope Heaven has enough ice cream!
Daniel Singley
October 3, 2020
My condolences to Brendan and Linda and the Dooley family ❤
Kathy and Herb Buehler
October 2, 2020
I was sadden to see the passing of Terry Dooley in today's papers.

I worked with Terry, and his daughter, Martha, in the construction of Our Lady of Angels Cathedral. I was the only outside person contracted to assist Morley Builders in Project Management. Terry, always and continuously made me feel comfortable and part of the Morley Builder Family. He was a Human Being and is a Good Man.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Arleen Finch
October 2, 2020
Terry Dooley was a top notch engineer, constructor, human being and a valued friend. He'll be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to the family.
Saif Hussain
October 2, 2020
On behalf of everyone at MEND, we are so deeply saddened to hear of Terry's passing. words cannot express the depths of our sympathy as the family mourns the passing of this great man. He was an inspiration, an amazing friend to so many, and a man of true integrity. We will miss him dearly.
Janet Marinaccio
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