Remembering Dr. Lajos Piko


Dr. Piko was a former Caltech researcher and partner of Ingrid Gumpel. He was a native of Hungary and moved to the United Sates in 1960, where he joined the biology division at Caltech and met Ingrid. In 1966, he left Caltech to work for the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Sepulveda and worked there until his retirement.

Although he never interacted with the Caltech Y while he was on campus, it was a conversation with former board member, Gunilla Hastrup, that led him to the Caltech Y shortly after Ingrid died. After learning more about the Y, Dr. Piko decided to create an endowment fund in memory of Ingrid to support Y programs that benefitted international students and scholars.