IN MEMORIAM: Maria O'Malley (February 14, 1952 - October 7, 2011)
Last Updated: October 11, 2011
February 14, 1952 - October 7, 2011
It is with great sadness that AIA Los Angeles shares news about the passing of our dear friend Maria O'Malley.
Maria passed away this past Friday at the age of 59 in her home country of Sao Paulo, Brazil after a very brief battle with cancer.
Maria was a longtime staff member of AIA|LA and worked at the Chapter for the better part of 15 years. Whether serving as our membership director, office coordinator or helping us put on two successful AIA National Conventions, everyone in the local architecture and design community knew and loved Maria. Callers to the AIA|LA Office were greeted by Maria's cheerful voice and if you weren't already friends with Maria before your call, you certainly were by the end of it. Her maternal nature made her a loving mentor to countless members, architecture students, ARE candidates, home tour docents and volunteers. When Maria officially left AIA|LA in 2009, she spent her remaining years in Florida as a translation and interpretation specialist. But no matter where she was, all throughout her life, Maria gave generously of her time to various charities and organizations. She always thought of others before herself and especially enjoyed sending care packages to orphans in Brazil.
It goes without saying that Maria was deeply loved by her colleagues on the AIA|LA Staff as well as her friends and family from around the world and we offer our sincerest condolences to all who were touched by Maria's grace. It is fitting that a woman with such a huge heart would have been born on Valentine's Day and she will be greatly missed.