Gerard G. "Gerry" Gilmore, a former principal and senior vice president of architect-engineer HOK Inc., St. Louis, who helped guide its global growth over a 40-year career there, died Feb. 7 in Chesterfield, Mo., following surgery. He was 75. A former U.S. Navy officer who helped run construction operations at the Charleston, S.C., naval shipyard, Gilmore was hired by HOK co-founder Gyo Obata in 1963 and served in top marketing and business development roles and on the firm's board until 2001. He retired in 2004, but remained a consultant until 2010. "Gerry did as much as any individual to take the firm from a young St. Louis architectural office to a national and global practice," says HOK Vice Chairman Clark Davis. HOK ranks at No. 30 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $462.3 million in 2010 revenue, including $196 million from outside the U.S. "He was one of the last of the 'handshake' guys," says Michael Mindlin, architecture director in St. Louis of Jacobs Engineering.
HOK Principal Who Guided Global Growth Dies at 75
February 27, 2012