Victor D. Rinaldi, 72, founder and retired president of the Arlington Woodworking and Lumber Co., died Wednesday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Rinaldi established the company in 1947. Over the years the company expanded from a small door manufacturing to a custom millwork firm, which did work for local churches and several historic landmarks. The company also made the presidential seal for the 1961 inaugural reviewing stand and built the papal altar and chairs used at the recent mass held on the Mall.
Mr. Rinaldi retired as president of the company in the mid-1970s but had remained active in its management until his death. He also had been associated with commercial real estate and construction ventures in Northern Virginia.
He was a member of the Northern Virginia Builders Association and had served on the advisory board of the Arlington Trust Co. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church.
A native of Chicago, where he worked as a designer and musician, Mr. Rinaldi came to Washington in 1935. He was a trumpet player in bands that performed at the Shoreham and Willard hotels in the 1930s. He was a member of Local No. 10-208 of the American Federation of Musicians.
He worked for the Army Map Service and the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks during World War II. He also helped design and produce wartime Christmas window displays for the Hecht Co.
His wife, Loretta H. Rinaldi, died in 1973.
Survivors include three sons, Ronald P., of Annandale, Paul D., of Vienna, and Victor F., of Oakton, and 15 grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.