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Pascoe, Lea

Lea Pascoe, one of Orange County's leading graphic designers, passed away in December 2012 at the age of 58. For over forty years Lea and her firm, LEA Design, produced award-winning communications campaigns for over 200 clients, including Disney, The Irvine Company, Mission Viejo Company, Kaiser Steel, LPA Architects, MVE & Partners, HMC Architects, PBWS Architects, CDPC Architects, the Kennedy Family and countless professional organizations and charities. Known throughout the builder and architectural industries for her groundbreaking invitations and posters for the AIA, Lea was famous for her amazing talent of turning graphic design into fine art. She received numerous awards from ADLA, Belding, OCAD, Ad Club, NAIOP, MAME and the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), and has two pieces in the Smithsonian Permanent Collection of Graphic Design. Throughout her career, Lea gave generously of her time and talent to many Orange County charities. She also was the co-founder of the nation's first "socially responsible" advertising agency in the '80s - Open Communications - which gave a percentage of its annual profits to local charities. Lea traveled the world looking for adventure and design inspiration, which showed in her work and all her endeavors. She was truly a renaissance woman, with an in-depth knowledge of architecture, interior design, gardening, fine art, the sciences, spirituality, philosophy, music (especially opera), literature and much more. Lea will be remembered for her passion and curiosity for all things artistic, and for her giving and compassionate nature. For those of us fortunate enough to have known her, Lea will live forever in our hearts and all our creative pursuits. To post comments or remembrances about Lea, go to: