Victor J. Palmucci, former deputy director of the Naval Investigative Service, dies at age 76

January 9
Victor J. Palmucci
Naval investigative executive

Victor J. Palmucci, a retired Navy captain and former deputy director of the Naval Investigative Service, died Dec. 15 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. He was 76.

The cause was a stroke, said his son James Palmucci.

Capt. Palmucci retired in 1990 after 30 years of federal service, including 24 years as a civilian officer with the Naval Investigative Service. From 1988 to 1990 he was a Navy captain on active duty. He was a lieutenant in the Marine Corps from 1960 to 1963.

Victor Joseph Palmucci was a native of Concord, Mass., and a 1959 graduate of Boston College. In 1984 he participated in a senior executive program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He served in the Naval Reserve during his civilian career with the Naval Investigative Service, where his work included criminal investigations and counterintelligence and a period as acting director. He received a Meritorious Service Medal from the CIA and a Distinguished Service Medal from the Navy Department.

He was a Vienna resident.

For several years before his death, he was a primary caregiver for his wife of 54 years, Carol Ann Powell Palmucci, an Alzheimer’s disease patient.

Other survivors include four children, Mark Palmucci of Ann Arbor, Mich., James Palmucci of Fairfax County, Jeffrey Palmucci of Oak Hill, Va., and Christina Hobbs of Centreville, Va.; and 11 grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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