‭ Gerald Francis Corrigan

Date of Birth

April 16, 1937

Date of Death

May 26, 2024

Gerald Francis Corrigan, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and longtime resident of Pacific‬ Palisades and Montecito, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, at the age of 87 on‬ May 26, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California.‬

Born on April 16, 1937, in Dublin, Ireland, Gerry immigrated to the United States in 1959. He‬ earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from UCLA, where he became the first foreign-born student body‬ president for the 1962-1963 school year. Gerry later served as Assistant Dean of the UCLA‬ School of Business and remained a lifelong Bruin.‬

It was also at UCLA that Gerry met Virginia Tang, a beautiful UCLA undergraduate who had‬ emigrated from Hong Kong. They were married for 58 years, and enjoyed raising their two‬ children in Pacific Palisades, and later retiring to Santa Barbara. Gerry and Virginia valued hard‬ work, time spent with family and friends, and loved to surround themselves with a flourishing‬ garden.‬

Gerry had a distinguished career as an executive recruiter at Korn Ferry and later operated his‬ own business in Santa Monica. He served as the Irish Olympic Team Attache for the 1984 Los‬ Angeles Summer Games, dedicated many years to the Board of the University College Dublin‬ Business School, and was bestowed the Irishman of The Year Award in Los Angeles.‬

In retirement, Gerry continued to share his passion for knowledge with the Santa Barbara‬ community through Vistas Lifelong Learning, where he spent hours researching, writing‬ presentations, and attending lectures. One of his favorites focused on William Mulholland and‬ the LA Aqueduct, which he presented in 2022. He also taught economics at Santa Barbara City‬ College and demonstrated his heartfelt sense of civic duty as an arbitrator for the Financial‬ Industry Regulatory Authority.‬

In his later years, after spending afternoons watching his grandchildren bike around the‬ neighborhood, Gerry found solace sitting outside at dusk and contemplating the world and its‬ mysteries. Gerry’s evening would end with him quietly sitting in his well worn Eames chair with a‬ book in hand. His insatiable thirst for knowledge and relentless pursuit of understanding serves as a profound legacy that will inspire and guide his family.‬

Gerry is survived by his wife Virginia; children Peter Corrigan and Elizabeth Branham; their‬ spouses Karen Bergan and Eryc Branham; grandchildren Sophie, Aedan, Jocelyn, Connor; and‬ extended family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choosing.‬‭ Ar‬  dheis Dé go raibh a anam dh‬‭ ílis.‬


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