College of Environmental Design alumnus George Dolim, FAIA (B.Arch ‘47, M.Arch ‘98) has passed away at the age of 93. Dolim was born in Wailuku, Maui and graduated from St. Louis Academy in Honolulu. Dolim attended UC Berkeley to study architecture, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dolim was an active member of Theta Chi fraternity.
Dolim began his 62-year architecture career at Hertzka & Knowles (H&K) in San Francisco. He worked for H&K from 1948 to 2010, retiring as the company’s president. In 1986, Dolim was inducted as an honored Fellow of the AIA (American Institute of Architects). In 1997, he accepted the 25-year Award for Excellence in Design from CC-AIA for H&K's lead in the architectural design of the Crown Zellerbach Building in San Francisco.
Later in his career, Dolim was inspired by his daughter Clare Dolim, who has cerebral palsy, and began working on removing physical barriers for people with disabilities. Since 1966, Dolim was an important leader and contributor in the establishment of the Recreation Center for the Handicapped (now the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center) in San Francisco. Dolim was active in all aspects of the center and served as a designer, developer, board president and director emeritus. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Banner of Love Humanitarian Award.
Dolim also worked with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) for over 30 years to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. Dolim served as national president, board member, and president of UCP California. Dolim was awarded UCP's National Roger Firestone Award in 1981 for his advocacy for people with disabilities.
Governor Reagan appointed Dolim to the California State Advisory Council in 1972. At the forefront of ADA law, he served on the California Council of the AIA Committee on Environments for People with Special Needs from 1973-76. President Reagan invited Dolim to the White House in 1983 for the Signing Ceremony for the Proclamation of the Decade of the Disabled Persons 1983-92.
In addition to his lifelong advocacy for people with disabilities, Dolim was involved with the St. Catherine Church & School, the Olympic Club, Family Club, Serra High and Mercy High Schools. He was also an avid oil painter and filled his home with beautiful land- and cityscapes.