Donald J. Palladino
May 18, 1936 – May 28, 2018
WELLFLEET, MA - Donald “Don” Joseph Palladino, born May 18, 1936, died peacefully at home on May 27, 2018, surrounded by his children.
Don had a great appreciation for the natural beauty of Cape Cod, especially Wellfleet. He enjoyed leading walks in the various natural and historic locations in Wellfleet and kayaking throughout the salt and fresh waters.
Don was a leader in the community's efforts to restore the Herring River estuary to its natural tidal flows and was a founding member and President of the Friends of the Herring River, working with the Herring River Restoration Committee of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Town of Wellfleet, and Town of Truro. He was also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, and a member of the Board of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Wellfleet Zoning Board of Appeals, and Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Wellfleet.
Don graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1958, and earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He enjoyed a distinguished career in the military, including duties at West Point, service overseas in Vietnam and South Korea, and engineering assignments worldwide with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring with the rank of brigadier general.
Following the military, he took a position as vice president for architecture and construction at NBC in New York City. He capped his career in service to the international child assistance organization, Save the Children.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Martha Catherine Palladino, née Halloran, and by his parents, Ralph Albert Palladino and Helena Palladino, née D’Amato.
He is survived by his son Carl Palladino and his wife Janine Palladino, née Lupo, of Oakland, CA; his daughter Cara Palladino and her wife Isabelle Barker of Philadelphia, PA; his daughter Lisa Palladino and her husband William Fellows of Ojai, CA; and his daughter Cori Palladino and her husband Todd Yellin of Arlington, MA. He also delighted in his seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Friends of the Herring River, PO Box 496, Wellfleet, MA 02667 or the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, PO Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667.
A funeral will be held on Friday afternoon, June 8, 2018 at West Point Cemetery in New York at the United States Military Academy. All are welcome to attend; visitors without military credentials will need to meet at the William F. Hogan Funeral Home at 135 Main Street in Highland Falls, NY at 1pm on Friday June 8th in order to be escorted onto the post. A memorial service is being planned in Wellfleet in September, 2018.
Donald J. Palladino
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November 6, 2018
I served with “then” 1st Lieutenant Palladino in 1962 at Camp Stanley Korea with the Headquarters Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Combat. Although I was a very young, barely 18 year old Private First Class, Lieutenant Palladino treated me, along with everyone he served with, regardless of rank, with great courtesy and respect. And, of course, we returned the favor in kind. How could you help it with one so inspiring? That I never forgot him, even after 54 years, is a strong and lasting measure of his character.
Hal & Karin Lyon
July 11, 2018
Don was a one of a kind caring and empathic friend. He and I shared the experience of both receiving our appointments to the West Point Class of '58 from then Senator John F. Kennedy, an honor about which we were both proud. Don invited Karin & me to join him at his Cape Cod home just after our USMA 55th reunion, a fun, memorable visit during which Don graciously gave us tours of the National Cape Cod Sea Shore, and amazed us by sharing how he was organizing monumental efforts to restore the natural salt water marshes -- the spawning areas for most of the alewives and other forage fish which were the main food for the striped bass, blue fish, and other native fish of the Cape Cod region -- marshes which had succumbed to developers who had built expensive houses in the area after building a dam which blocked the natural fertile salt waters from flowing in and out of the marshes, thereby eliminating the principal spawning grounds for the forage fish. Don explained how he was raising money to purchase each of the costly homes from their owners, in order to destroy each of them, to restore this large Cape area back to the natural salt marshes they once were. From "Save the Children" to "Save the the Cape's salt marshes," Don was a gifted man with a huge heart who tackled huge, humanitarian projects, humbly and with amazing effectiveness. Karin and I were blessed to share this wonderful visit at his home for two days and nights thanks to Don's gracious hospitality. We send our heart-felt sympathy to Don's family, of whom he was very proud. We will miss you Don and are proud of your many selfless contributions to wonderful worthy humanitarian causes and to your family and professions. Well done! Be thou at Peace.
Hal & Karin Lyon
June 7, 2018
Don had a special place in his heart for others which we saw vividly in his work, especially with Save the Children. We visited Don on the Cape several years ago and came away thinking "I want to retire like that" - being way too busy and adding tremendous professional and personal value to important causes.
We will miss him dearly and pray that God blesses you and your family during this sad and difficult time.
Carolyn & Brendan Miles