USC Galen Center and Staples Center architect, Vernon Pounds, passes away at 68

Last Updated: February 4, 2011

USC Galen Center and Staples Center architect, Vernon Pounds, passes away at 68

San Pedro, CA, USA

USC Galen Center and Staples Center architect, Vernon Pounds, passes away at 68

Vernon Veon Pounds, a devoted husband, father, friend, architect, and mentor passed away Saturday, January 29 at his home in San Pedro, California at the age of 68 due to complications related to cancer.

Born on October 24, 1942 in Hawaii to Veon and Pamela Pounds, Vernon was the eldest of 5 children. 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 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.

Vernon's influence is far reaching, not only with his family and friends, but also throughout the architecture 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 Zavala, son Eric, and grandson Shane.

Memorial services will be held at the USC Galen Center on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Donations for the family are welcome in lieu of flowers.

Please address donations to:
"Mrs. Kristina Zavala c/o HNTB Architects 601 West 5th St., Ste. 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Last updated: 12-Dec-2012 07:48 AM
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