The A in WATG passes on

Gerald Lou Allison died April 22, 2011, at age 78, in his home in Newport Beach, California. A preeminent architect, Jerry was the President, International, of WATG Architects.

Born in Seattle Washington on October 27, 1932, Jerry graduated from the University of Washington School of Architecture in 1955. That same year he married Charlotte Nelson Allison, his wife of over 55 years. In 1957 the couple moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Jerry first joined WATG.

While in Hawaii, Jerry designed numerous resort hotels throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, including working on the Hilton Hawaiian Village; the Hyatt Regency Waikiki; and the Sheraton Waikiki.


In 1982, Jerry moved to Newport Beach, California, to help open the California office of WATG, where he continued his career designing notable resort destinations, including work on the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach; The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Beach; The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa; The Palace of the Golden Horses, Malaysia; The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas; and several properties for Disney, including The Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney World. Jerry's work garnered him numerous design awards and international recognition.

Upon his retirement in 2007, Jerry was a member of the Newport Beach Arts Commission. Jerry had a creative and playful zest for all aspects of his life, and loved travel, ceramics, photography, and most of all, God and his family.

Jerry is loved and survived by his wife Charlotte, daughter Ruth Anne Herman and son in law Steve Herman; daughter Lynn Unflat and son in law Dr. John Unflat, grandsons Kyle, Kelly and Kory Taylor, grandaughters Allison, Alexandra and Ava Unflat, brother Jay Allison and sister Sue Allison.
Memorial Services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach on May 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Gerald L. Allison Scholarship Fund" at the University of Washington (mail to: UW Office of Gift Processing; Box 359505; Seattle, WA 98195-9505).

Jerry shares what he loved most about designing hotels in this four-minute video clip.

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