Lawrence F. Pignone, United Way executive, dies

January 13

Lawrence F. Pignone, retired executive director of the Montgomery County chapter of the United Way and a member of numerous community organizations, died Nov. 22 at his home in Derwood, Md. He was 74.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Nancy Souza Pignone.

Mr. Pignone retired from United Way in 2003 after 34 years with the charitable organization.

Lawrence Francis Pignone was a native Washingtonian and a 1957 graduate of the old St. Charles College seminary in Catonsville, Md. He also attended George Washington University.

Early in his career, he was a research analyst with the FBI and a marketing representative in Washington for Addressograph-Multigraph Corp., a maker of office equipment.

He was a past president of the Maryland State Association of United Ways, the Rockville Rotary Club and the Rockville Football League. He was a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville and a past member of its school board. He was the founding board chairman of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy, a nonprofit group that advocates for English literacy services.

He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club. He was also the recipient of community commendations for his work on Montgomery County public task forces and commissions addressing concerns as diverse as economic development and the public health response to AIDS patients.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Nancy Souza Pignone of Derwood; three children, Mary Heck of Wilmington, Del., Lawrence R. Pignone of Warrenton, Va., and John P. Pignone of Arlington; a brother, Thomas Pignone of Frederick, Md.; a sister, Sister Mary Margaret Pignone of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein