Veteran Washington communications attorney Vince Pepper, founder of Pepper & Corazzini, which later merged with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, passed away on Friday (12/16). He was 84 and had been battling brain cancer.
Over the course of his long legal career Pepper represented numerous radio and television companies. He also served as CEO of the Rounsaville Radio Stations and was the principal owner of radio stations in Louisville, KY and cable TV systems in Tennessee and Washington.
From 1985 to 2007, Vince served as General Counsel to the National Association of Media Brokers, from whom he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He was a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the DC Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
“Vince helped form the NAMB in 1985 and was its founding Counsel,” said Jody McCoy, NAMB President. “He served our group in particular and the broadcasting industry in general until his semi-retirement in 2007, when he became a member of the NAMB as a principal at one of our member firms, Patrick Communications.”
“The ‘Counselor,’” as many of us called him, “was a bright light in our industry who helped us and others with his wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and style,” McCoy added.
Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD on Thursday, December 22 at 10:00 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice Society, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
RBR-TVBR observation: Vince was the true gentleman we all wish we could be. He will be missed by broadcasters, lawyers and everyone who ever had dealings with him – which is a lot of people.