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Louis P. Tosti, 93, a 72-year resident of Yorktown, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
The son of the late Antonino Rocco Tosti and Estherina (Pellegrino) Tosti, he was born in The Bronx, N.Y., in 1923, Mr. Tosti studied mechanical engineering (B.S. 1944) at the City College of New York and Administration (M.S. 1972) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He worked for NASA at the Langley Research Center for 36 years as an aeronautical engineer and retired in 1980. During his career, he helped develop advanced VTOL aircraft for the military, and was a leader in the Scout Rocket Project, a cornerstone in the history of space exploration.
Following retirement from NASA, he assisted the elderly as a tax counselor, was treasurer of the Ruritan Club, a member of the Peninsula Sales and Marketing Exchange and the Hampton Roads Power Squadron. He enjoyed traveling, photography and ballroom and country dancing.
Lou was preceded in death by his sisters, Myra T. Antonelli, Adele T. Stephenson and Vivienne T. Monteiro-Olivastro; and his former wife, Martha B. Tosti.
He is survived by his five children, Linda G. Tosti-Lane (Dave) of Brier, Wash., Joanne L. Tosti-Vasey (Joe Vasey) of Bellefonte, Pa., Mary J. Harley of Parkersburg, W.Va., Janet T. Baker (Michael) of Bumpass and Anthony B. Tosti (Andrea) of Simpsonville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Joshua Baker (Genie), Genesa Benton (Justin), Katharina Tosti, Raphael Tosti, Sophia Tosti, Julianna Tosti and Kenneth Vasey; four great-grandchildren, Jack Baker, Olivia Baker, Gavin Benton and Jacob Benton; and his beloved companion of 30 years, Grace E. Hale.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive, Grafton. The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside service will be held at a later date to be determined at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia, Pa.
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