In Memory

Erwin R Larson - Class Of 1938

Erwin R Larson

My dad was a lifelong resident of South Pasadena, graduating from SPHS in 1938 and then earned an Engineering degree from Cal Tech in 1942.  He was an outdoorsman, Eagle Scout in Troop 342, served our country as a lieutenant in the US Navy (40th Seabee Battalion in the South Pacific), Commander of the American Legion Post 40, a general contractor, member of the Methodist Church, Little League Coach, husband for 49 years, father, grandfather, and friend to many.

Erwin R. Larson, born March 23, 1921 died at the age 79 of heart disease on March 6, 2001.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; and sons Thomas C. Larson (SPHS '70), Daniel J. Larson (SPHS 72), and John R. Larson (SPHS '76).




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06/03/16 08:41 AM #1    

George Keith Ainsworth (1968)

Our family and the Larson's were good friends for many years, Mr. Larson was a hard working family man devoted to his community and country. He was a member of Americas greatest generation and suffered lifetime physical problems from his war years service. He married his nurse. The fact he was a Cal Tech grad speaks for itself as to his intellect.  He went to school with and knew the fine American actor William Holden ( Bridge on the River Quai ) When I see a Bill Holden movie on TCM I always think of Mr. Larson, they were of a generation and similar in some ways. Rugged Americans who lived throught the depression, fought the war and came back to build the nation and put a man on the moon for good measure. We shall not see their likes again, they were American originals. R.I.P.  Mr.Larson , you did all anyone could ask of you, your duty is done.

Sincerely, George Ainsworth

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