A contingent of Pearl Rotarians joined business associates, friends and family of Jerry Baysinger to salute the former club president's retirement.
The event Sept. 9 was threefold in purpose: Jerry's half-century career as a Portland architect is winding down; his firm, Baysinger Partners Architecture, has been acquired by Matthew Lillard (also in Pearl Rotary) and Bill Rucker; the firm's move from its Grant Ave. location to a remodeled (and once public library) building on North Lombard St. Jerry was celebrated as a leader with "unbound curiosity," Matt opened during a short program, observing his mentor as one who concentrated on "relationships, not just buildings."
Of Jerry, Bill stated: "He's one of the greatest architects in the City of Portland." Pat Mahoney, also a Pearl Rotarian with a similar professional background, championed Jerry's "calming influence" in business...and in friendships and life in general. Speaking briefly, Jerry said he's proud that he started and built the Baysinger brand "on relationships."
He had a special shoutout to his wife, Donna, and his staffers, past and present. "Employees do make the company." he closed. Jerry's passage into retirement (and Donna's which is imminent) comes with significant changes.
They have moved to a new home in Washougal, WA. Their first grandchild is due in February. There will be more time for golf for Jerry; rafting and skiing will likely continue. But his 40-year commitment to Pearl Rotary isn't ending (he's held most major offices in the club and its non-profit Pearl Fund).
Rotarians will continue to relish his breakfast-meeting, opening songs on Tuesday morning. (Image: Outside the new office for Baysinger Partners in North Portland, co-founder and retiring leader Jerry Baysinger spoke. At the far right is Rotarian and architectural partner Matthew Lillard.)