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Gerry was born in Pittsburgh, coming to California at age five. After St. Stephen's School in Monterey Park, he entered junior seminary at 13 and graduated from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo in 1955. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he was chosen as an observer and official secretary at Vatican II in Rome, a cherished role later remembered in his contributions to a 1990s documentary on the events. After studying theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, he served as assistant pastor at St. Luke's Church in Temple City. After ceasing acting as a priest, Gerry's sense of vocation was expressed as an active organizer in both civil rights and the peace movement during the 1970s, helping to found the Los Angeles Catholic Worker and the Pasadena Farmers Market. Throughout his life, he continued research and writing for the Los Angeles Diocese, helped maintain the connections between fellow seminarians, visited ailing priests and attended their funerals committedly. In addition, he earned a Master's in Psychology at CSU Los Angeles and taught in both the foreign language and history departments at Westridge School for Girls in the 1970s and 1980s. Gerry will be remembered for his rare combination of intelligence, sense of humor, zest for life and compassion. His kindness and accessibility to others knew no bounds of age or background, race or class. He had a particular gift for listening, enlivening, and helping others whenever possible. Consistent with this spirit, he asked that his body be donated to the USC Keck School for research and his family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be given to the (http://alzfdn.org ). Gerry is survived by his wife, Mary Connor, her children, Liz Allen and Susie McLoughlin, grandchildren Corri, Dale, and Tucker Allen and Erin McLoughln, and niece Jennifer Clifton. On October 11 at 10:00 a.m., a memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1527 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena to celebrate Gerry's life.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 1, 2017
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