Vincent J. DeSimone, founder and chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers in New York City, died on November 16. He was 78.
DeSimone, P.E., M.ASCE, established the firm in 1969 and had been senior principal-in-charge of design since its outset. The firm has designed projects in 40 states and 18 countries. DeSimone headed many projects, including the Four Seasons Miami (the tallest building in Miami when it was built), the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL, the Atlantis in the Bahamas, the Sofitel Hotel in New York City, and the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
A Life Member of ASCE, having joined in 1957, he was also a member and past president of the Concrete Industry Board of New York City, a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, and a former professor of structures at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.
DeSimone was a Manhattan College graduate and held a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an honorary doctorate degree. He was a licensed professional engineer in 23 states.