08 Jan In Memoriam: Gayle Wong
Gayle Hane Wong, October 12, 1953–December 24, 2023
With much sadness, Little Tokyo Service Center bids farewell to former staff member Gayle Hane Wong, who passed away peacefully on December 24th, 2023 at the age of 70.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1975, Gayle was actively involved in the growing Asian American, peace and social justice movements in San Francisco and Chicago. In 1980, she returned to the west coast, moving to Los Angeles to join the movement for Japanese American redress and reparations. She was a founding member of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations and was active in other progressive causes including the 1984 and 1988 campaigns of Jesse Jackson, Asian Americans for Nuclear Disarmament and the Nikkei Progressives.
While living in Los Angeles, she built a successful career in commercial real estate and raised a son, Reed. She retired in 2005 only to be lured back to work to help LTSC with its Property Management operation, becoming the Director of Asset Management. Here, she applied her long history of social justice work and real estate expertise to help LTSC ensure its developments continued to provide affordable, safe, and quality homes for its residents. For a decade, she worked tirelessly to strengthen and expand LTSC’s affordable housing portfolio and regarded her tenure at LTSC as the most rewarding part of her working career.
A 2010 cancer diagnosis and treatment did not slow Gayle down. She continued her work at LTSC, tended to her family and pursued many of her varied interests – pottery, jewelry making, visits to theater, concerts, museums and art galleries. Her second and final retirement came in 2016, making room for volunteer work and far flung world travels.
Gayle will be dearly missed by LTSC, where she contributed so mightily. She was fearless, direct, passionate and committed to making positive change happen. She had a loud and ready laugh and beneath her tough exterior, she was warm and compassionate.
Services will be held at Senshin Buddhist Temple on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 3:00 pm. Attire is casual. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Senshin Buddhist Temple, Little Tokyo Service Center and the Center for the Asian Pacific Family.