Paul Lanzillotta died on January 30, 2022, with his family around him. Paul lived a fulfilling life making significant contributions to the greater good of Arlington through his life-long voluntary service. Paul’s wife of 63 years, Ann Gallagher Lanzillotta, passed away in 2020. He is survived by his children, Mary Katherine Lanzillotta (her husband, Lee Becker), Susan Lanzillotta, and John Lanzillotta (his wife, Stacey Lanzillotta); grandchildren, Morgan and Keegan Lanzillotta; step-grandchildren, Michael Becker (his wife, Rachel Becker) and Bryan Becker (his wife, Lara Berenji); and great step-grandchildren, Lindsey, Emmett, and Milo Becker.
Paul, a native of Revere, MA, graduated from Boston College with a BS in Business Administration in 1953. He served in the US Army on active duty from 1953-1955 and in the US Army Reserves until 1961. Paul worked for the United States General Accounting Office traveling the country auditing various government facilities before starting law school. Paul graduated from Georgetown Law with Juris Doctor in 1961 and LL.M. in Taxation in 1964. Paul was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1962. Ann and Paul married in 1959 and moved to Arlington, Virginia, in 1962, where Ann and Paul created a wonderful, loving home for their family.
Paul started and, for almost 35 years, ran the Trust Department for First Virginia Banks, Inc. (formerly BB&T and now Truist) where he served as a mentor to many. Paul joined Manning & Murray in 1996 and retired in 2020. He taught at George Mason University Law School and Marymount University, and lectured at the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as an expert witness in estate and trust administration litigation. Paul was a longtime member of the Trust and Estate sections of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Arlington Bar Association.
Paul led by example serving on the board of Virginia Hospital Center; as a past president and board member of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; on the board of Marymount University; as a board member of Capital Caring, and as co-chair of its Planned Giving Committee; as a past president of the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council; and as a member of the Arlington County Supplemental Retirement System Board. He was an active member of the Arlington Kiwanis Club, President of the Arlington Kiwanis Foundation, and a longtime member of the Catholic Charities Special Gifts Committee.
For his generous service, Paul received a Doctor of Humane Letters honorus causa from Marymount University, and the Arlington County Inter-Service Club’s Man-of-the-Year Award in 1977.
An avid golfer, Paul played with the WAGS at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA, and at Cripple Creek in Bethany Beach, DE, where Ann and Paul also made a summer home. They spent over 45 years with friends and family enjoying the sand and sun.
Beloved husband, father, friend, law partner and mentor, Paul will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and everyone at MMBB.