It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Vito R. Pascullis, AIA. For over 30 years, Vito served LS3P with warmth and professionalism in his roles as Principal and Executive Vice President. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him and his indomitable and kind spirit.
A native of Watervliet, NY and a graduate of Catholic University of America, Vito joined LS3P in 1970. In addition to his expertise in complex military and institutional designs, he served on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee, Director of Human Resources, Training Committee Chairman, Principal in Charge of Construction Administration and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Vito, indeed, is part of our namesake and our legacy, as he assumed partnership when the firm expanded from “Lucas and Stubbs Associates” to “Lucas, Stubbs, Pascullis, Powell & Penney, Ltd.“ in 1982. This partnership bearing his name was later abbreviated to “LS3P.”
Vito’s award-winning designs included the Receptee Barracks and Dining Facility at Fort Benning, the Enlisted Dining Facility at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, the Ronald McDonald House, and Firehouse Sixteen, all of which received Honor Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of American Institute of Architects. Other notable projects include: numerous First Federal Bank branches throughout Charleston, SC; the River Banks Zoo Phase II Expansion in Columbia, SC; the Animal Research Compliance Facility at Clemson University; the Federal Corrections Institute in Beckley, WV; numerous projects at the Naval Technical Training Center in Pensacola, FL; 1100-Man Receptee Barracks at Ft. Benning, GA; JFK Special Warefare Center Academic Facility at Ft. Bragg, NC; and many other Department of Defense projects throughout the Southeast.
Outside of the firm, Vito’s civic and professional contributions were many; in particular, his work with the Mount Pleasant Town Appearance Commission, the South Carolina and Charleston Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of American Military Engineers, Charleston Post, had far-reaching impacts on the built environment of the region.
“Vito was a great architect, a great partner, a great friend, a kind soul and someone you will never will forget. Vito, we all love you and will miss you,” said Thom Penney, LS3P’s President and CEO.
Vito’s legacy lives on with his wife, Judy; his daughter, Cathy and husband Andre; and 3 grandchildren, Aiden, Richard, and Miles – the absolute joys and lights of his life.
A service will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the Mass.