Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2015
RICHARD LAYNE TOM
June 29, 1927 - January 14, 2014
Richard Layne Tom of Huntington Beach passed away peacefully in his home on January 14, 2015. He is
survived by his wife Marilynn of 63 years and his daughters Laurie Yee and Kiana Tom-Breshears (Dennis), grandchildren Steven
Yee, Anelalani and Kiana Kai. He served in the Navy on the West Virginia, graduated from USC in architecture and had
his practice for 30 years. He was President of the Orange County Chapter of A.I.A., Chinese American Architects and
Engineers and Rotary. Richard was also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Huntington Beach. He was instrumental
with Governor Jerry Brown in establishing recognition of Chinese architects and engineers. He designed the flagship
Bank of America in Los Angeles Chinatown, numerous fire stations, banks, courthouses, libraries, shopping centers, civic centers
and his own home in Huntington Harbour. As a child star in the Charlie Chan series, as sons 13, 8 and 5, Layne was the
only son to claim the distinction of working with both Sydney Toler and Warner Oland.
He also worked in several movies including "The Hurricane" with Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor and Raymond Massey,
"Lady of the Tropics" with Hedy Lamarr, "Adventures in Paradise" and "Hawaiian Eye." Layne also played in movies with
Shirley Temple and Jimmy Stewart and performed at the Orpheum theatre in Los Angeles. He is a lifetime member of the
Girl Scouts and served on their Board. The highlight of his philanthropic support was with Rotary International where
he represented them at the International Convention in South America. In 1983, he was recognized as Paul Harris Fellow.
He loved playing tennis, traveling to Hawaii with his family and gambling in Las Vegas and local casinos. His
tenor voice and sense of humor was enjoyed by many. Private service.