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Louis C. Pagnucco

May 6, 1948 September 30, 2021
Louis C. Pagnucco
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Obituary for Louis C. Pagnucco

Louis Clement Pagnucco ("Uncle Louie") died September 30, 2021. Lou was born May 6, 1948 in Detroit to Jennie (nee Michielutti) and Fioravante “Gigi” Pagnucco.

Lou is survived by his sister, Denise (Ron) Lance and brother Dave (Maureen) Pagnucco and nephews and nieces: Jeff (Jill), Rachel (Nick), Kevin (Shea), D.J., Maria, Julia, and Celia. He is also survived by his uncle Don (Nancy) Michielutti and many cousins spanning Michigan, Texas, Italy, Canada and Chile. Lou is preceded in death by his beloved parents and grandparents Maria and Giordano Michielutti, and many uncles and aunts.

Lou’s parents emigrated from two small towns in the Italian northeastern region of Friuli. His mother was born in Cavasso Nuovo and father was born in Arzene. Lou’s dad was a WW2 Italian POW who met his wife Jennie in 1945, while a POW at Rossford Ordinance in Toledo, Ohio.

Lou attended Assumption Grotto Grade School and Notre Dame and Denby High Schools. Lou then attended Wayne State University attaining a double Master’s Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics. His academic studies also included being awarded a fellowship to the University of Michigan’s graduate school of Computer Science. He was a mathematics instructor at Wayne State and worked as a computer software engineer for various semiconductor companies including Olivetti, TI, Philips and Motorola.

His relentless passion for mathematics and computer science never ceased even after retirement. His research helped coin the concept of adiabatic quantum computing. The math and computer science books and intense journal articles he read were unreal and unreadable. He would bring a stack of computing/math journal articles with him at local establishments to fill in time between conversations…with of course a mechanical pencil.

He was quick to laugh, and his curious mind meant he was always interested in striking up conversations with anyone near him, usually opening with “have you seen any good movies lately? …or… “have you met any famous people?” He had a huge love for people, and showed his love through intently listening to those around him and being there for them.

Lou was self-taught and self-motivated in his quest for understanding some of the biggest problems involved in quantum computing. He resisted assistance…he would figure it out…just give him some time and a mechanical pencil with a good eraser and paper. He always felt “Calculus” should be taught as an art…then students wouldn’t twitch when they heard the term.

He loved discussing computing, politics, medicine and science. He would share his findings via email or phone on medical topics regularly and keep people informed. Prior to his passing he was working on another complex math problem…but alas God needed him to help with even bigger problems.

He would teach his siblings as young grade schoolers…the meaning of the term mathematical “function.” While teasing us by encouraging us to trade a “larger” nickel for a “smaller” dime.

He also loved comedy and loved attending live music events on Italian music and classic songs from the 1950s and 1960s, especially “Cara Mia” and Frankie Valli. Lou had a strong-will, definite-ideas and strong-beliefs.

Above all, Lou especially loved his extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and of course their dogs…Jones, Charlie, Lucy, Harold. They would clamor over him searching and sniffing for a treat, a toy and a pat.

He was a proud member of the Venetian Club of Mutual Aid…following in his grandfather’s (Giordano Michielutti) footsteps. Lou was also a proud member of the Cordenons Social Club.

We will be forever thankful for Lou helping our Mother for many years after Dad passed. We will miss him tremendously. We love you Lou!

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks, Clawson, Thursday, October 7th, 4-8pm with a Memorial Service at 7pm. Committal services will take place privately in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. A larger celebration of Lou’s life is tentatively scheduled for May 2022; you may check back here for details.

Memorial contributions appreciated to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207 or the St. Louis Center, 16195 W. Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.

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7:00 PM 10/7/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Clawson

1368 N. Crooks Road
Clawson, MI 48017

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Clawson
1368 N. Crooks Road Clawson 48017 MI
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