Raymond J Golik
1932 - 2021

Ray Golik, resident of Manhattan Beach for 55 years, died November 17 in Lawrence, Kansas with family near.

Ray was born March 25, 1932 and raised in Chicago, where he played on the Kelvyn Park High School football team. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois, then joined the Army and served in Korea as a First Lieutenant. Ray then earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1962, also at U of Illinois.

Ray's true passion was his love for "interesting work", and in 1962 he began his lifelong career as an Aerospace Engineer at Space Technology Laboratories in Redondo Beach (STL became TRW, now Northrop-Grumman, from which he retired in 1992 and continued as a consultant). His work involved classified research related to Ballistic Missile Defense during the Cold War, as well as many other projects advancing the science of aircraft and satellites. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and author of many technical papers on re-entry physics and fluid mechanics that he presented at national symposiums.

Ray married Carol Wilson in 1958, and had three daughters, Janice, Susan, and Leslie.

In 1969, Ray married Bette Anderson (B.J. Golik), and son Steven was added to the family. The children loved life at the beach, and never failed to win an award at the annual Sandcastle Contest!

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Ray served the city of Manhattan Beach as a Planning Commissioner, on the Board of Building Appeals, and as a member of the ZORP Steering Committee. He served as coach, referee and division commissioner for AYSO; Little League and Pony League coach; and was active in Mira Costa Academic Decathlon and Scholar Quiz as a coach and judge. In 1991 his contributions to the community were recognized by the city in an official proclamation that he treasured.

He was an avid sports fan, and could often be seen at Ercole's and Grunion's on game nights, where he was always surrounded by friends.

Ray loved and was loved by his four children: Janice Poull, Susan Adamek, Leslie Warren, and Steven Golik; eight grandchildren: Lauren Poull, Cee Blaine, Kevin Warren, Kyle & Kristen Adamek, Zachary, Kaitlyn & Bennett Golik; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two nieces: Karen O'Heath and Katherine Padjen; and a nephew, Mark LaMont. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan O'Heath.

Ray's ashes will be scattered off the coast in a memorial celebration of his life in early 2022.

Published by The Beach Reporter on Dec. 9, 2021.
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