Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Vernon Veon Pounds
b: 8/24/1942     d: 1/29/2011

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Vernon Pounds picture VERNON POUNDS
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California - February 22, 2011
Vernon Pounds pictureVernon Veon Pounds, a devoted husband, father, friend, architect and mentor, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011 at his home in San Pedro, California at the age of 68 due to complications related to cancer.  Vernon was the oldest of 5 children born on October 24, 1942 in Hawaii to Veon "Lucky" and Pamela Pounds.  He joined the Air Force Reserve after high school and later graduated from Texas Western College.   Vernon began his career and Legacy with Anbe, Aruga, Ishizu architects in Hawaii in 1966.  In 1980 he married Inja and moved to Southern California where he started his family and continued his career with Vidal Sassoon, Ellerbe Becket, NBBJ and HNTB. Throughout his professional life he held many key roles in many large, diverse and complex projects which include sports facilities, airports, hotels and civil buildings, such as Staples Center, USC Galen Center, Invesco Field, Chase Field, Hawaii Prince Hotel and many other projects.  Staples Center pictureHe is recognized by all the people he knows for his integrity, sincerity, humor, generosity, and his golf swing.  Vernon's influence is far reaching, not only with his family and friends, but throughout the architectural and construction industry which he will have a profound influence on for many years to come.  He is survived by his wife, Inja; daughter, Kristina (Eric) Zavala; son, Eric; and grandson, Shane.  Memorial services will be held at the USC Galen Center on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.  McNerney's Mortuary

Beth Schnierow CID, S O T A Design Inc. wrote:
Vernon was an amazing, compassionate, brilliant, and humble man.  I have very fond memories of working on projects together with him at Welton Becket Associates in the 80's.  He always knew how to solve ANY problem and detail everything.  I learned so much from him.  I feel so blessed that I was able to speak with him a couple of weeks before he passed...not even knowing he was ill, I called to wish him a Happy New Year.  As sick as he must of been, we still had a few laughs.  He always laughed at my jokes which in turn made me laugh.  No matter how pressured things would get with deadlines, he always came through like a calming force and a shining star and made others feel the same.  He was a very special colleague and friend.  I would like to wish his wife, children, grandchild, and all family and close friends my deepest sympathy and blessings. 

Dwain Russell wrote:
Vernon was one of those hidden giants in the architectural world.  He left a positive impact on every person he worked with.  I always appreciated how he brought along those who worked for him and exposed them to the good things he had access to.  I will miss him tremendously.  Even with the recent passing I start to call him for a lunch appointment and have to stop myself.  The memories will have to suffice.  My sincere sympathy to his wife and family.  My prayers will continue for them. 

Guest Book Entry from June Kang:
Because Vernon has touched so many lives, professionally and personally, he will be greatly missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with your family.  Forever, he will be smiling.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)