Raymond J. Golik

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Raymond J. Golik, a resident of Manhattan Beach, CA 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 the University of Illinois, then joined the Army as a First Lieutenant and served in Korea. Ray then earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1962, also at the 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.



  1. Minhchau Dao Randall on January 13, 2022 at 11:52 am

    About 25 years ago, we shared an office in Space Park for a year or two when I just was a new hire working remotely for TRW office in San Bernardino and Ray already retired returning as consultant. After that once or twice I ran into him in the lobby of SB office at Harry Sheppard. I did not work directly with Ray, but we talked. He was the first American I had met at that time who loved soccer! Growing up in Vietnam where soccer is the national sport, I shared his enthusiastic. I still remember to this day Ray’s analogy of which player, football, or soccer, is more athletic. Of course, it is the soccer player who runs the field non-stop for hours while football player only sprints for the touchdown. Ray spoke fondly of the trip with his son, Steven, following the finals tournament of the FIFA World Cup. What a life well lived! My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

  2. Gary Schelin on January 12, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I have known and worked with Ray for well over twenty years. Besides being one of the smartest and most well-rounded engineers I have ever known, he was always eager to help and gave his wizened advice freely. Ray made an unforgettable impression on me as well as many others with whom we worked. He will be missed greatly.

  3. Linda Sproul Hockenbery on January 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Ray. We worked together at Northrop Grumman when he was consulting. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. He will be missed!

  4. JoAnn Lindberg on December 9, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    My condolences to Rays family and all those that loved him. Attended many Science Applications parties with B.J. Golik and Ray and also dinner in Washington DC when they were looking at colleges for Steven. RIP Ray, you led a full life. JoAnn Lindberg

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