Lawrence Thomas 'Larry' McHargue

Profile Updated: April 11, 2021
Class of 1956
Residing In: South Pasadena, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Lynne. My wife died in August 2017.
Children, Grandchildren: Sarah, born 1969; Anne, born 1971, Nancy, born 1975. I have four granddaughters. Two were born in 2003, More…one in 2005, and one in 2007.
Occupation: College-university professor
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Occupation/Career(s) Details:

I taught at Vanguard University for forty years and, formally retired in 2004, though I continued to teach some courses for several years thereafter. I am professor emeritus of botany. I have been teaching part-time at Providence Christian College in Pasadena part of the time since 2005. I expect to bwas in the classroom again in the fall of 2020. I have been on the college board from its inception.

Published Author, Writer

A few things in economic botany at professsional meetings. I have also written articles for some newsletters.

Different places I have lived:

I have lived in South Pasadena since 1940, except for about a year in 1965-66, when I lived in Alhambra. That was just before and just after Lynne and I were married.

Family history living in South Pasadena:

My parents moved to South Pasadena in 1940. We lived in an upstairs apartment on Bank Street. The location is now part of the athletic field across from the high school auditorium. I have continued to live in South Pasadena since, except for the year in Alhambra just before and after our marriage.

Elementary school and junior high/middle school(s) that I attended.

I began my formal education at Lincoln School, now Arroyo Vista, in September 1943. That education went through South Pasadena Junior High School as well at senior high school.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Two of my daughters are graduates of SPHS. Sarah (1987) and Nancy (1993) are both graduates. My oldest granddaughter was enrolled in SPHS two years ago as a ninth grader. She now lives in Yucaipa.

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Quite a number of friends from both high school and college have died. I have given careful consderation to my age, and I have concluded that there is very little that I can do about it! I have been in contact with Sue Cresswell Walling. I have talked with a few others over the years.

School Memories:

I have vivid memories of my high school years. However, there are too many to write about now. The teaching who influenced me more than any other was Mr. Gruen in chemistry.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

In high school I was active in the science club (Cimota). The older Boy Scout group, the Explorers, occupied much of my time. I was also in the Young Life Club. Young Life played a major role in my life. I came to Christ through that organization.

Milestones & Epiphanies:

I graduated from Occidental College in 1960. I worked on a teaching credential at California State University at Los Angeles, and earned my M.S. in botany in 1964. Teaching middle school was not my calling! I married Marcia Lynne Mainland in 1966. We were engaged six weeks after our first date. I lost her in August 2017. My Ph.D. in plant ecology was from the University of California, Irvine in 1973.

What's happening in my life now:

3/7/2021. My wife passed away in the middle of August 2017. I miss her greatly. I have remained in our home here in South Pasadena. I formally retired from Vanguard University in 2004, though I taught an occasional course for several years after that. However, I have been in the classroom at Providence Christian College in many semesters since then. My wife's declining health precluded my teaching for several semesters. Providence Christian College is a rather new, WASC accredited liberal arts college located on the former campus of the First Congregational Church of Pasadena It is a Christian college that that is based in the Reformed tradition. I am also a member of the college board. I was on the board of Westminster Theological Seminary for some years, and I rotated off in 2011. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church is currently planting a church mission work in Pasadena. I am now attending it, The congregaton has ministered to me greatly. In January and February 2019, I visited Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. In Feb. and March of 2020, I spent several weeks in Australia. My one regret about the trips was that my late wife could not be with me. I am planning to return to the South Pacific again in October 2021.. I have an interest in several Southern Hemispheric plant families and genera. I fell on the kitchen floor in the middle of April, and I broke my hip. I didn't realize it for several weeks. That is a stsory in and of itself, but it includes x-rays thast missed the fracture. Surgery was done to repair it. I have largely recovered from it, and I no longer think about it very much. The care that I received at the Huntington was superb.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Photography, plant identification, camping, reading. Despite retirement, I have had very little spare time. Retirement has enabled me to arrange time somewhat, but it has not brought much more leisure time.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Most of the music that I listen to is classical. I also enjoy traditional hymns. Recordings of them are not easily found. Several years ago one of our church members accused me of not liking anything composed after 1700, though that is a considerable exaggeration of my taste in music! I am a supporter of KUSC.

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

I read a wide variety of books and other material. Much of it is on the internet. I also listen to the radio a great deal. That includes conventional AM-FM, and shortwave. Some of my reading is technical. I also read in various areas of history, and I had a minor in that field. For the most part I have little interest in commercial television. I gave up watching it several years ago. I was paying about $100 per month for Tier 2 channels, and I realized that I had not turned on the TV for six months. I orignially ordered it because my wife wanted to watch it. I follow a number of websites on the internet. They are historical, political, and religious.

What I'd like my classmates to know about me for our next class reunion.

I have immensely enjoyed retirement. I have been extremely busy. My wife used to say, "Some retirement this is!" I have traveled a bit. I am still vitally interested in botany. The Lord has blessed me with better health than many others my age. I intend to remain active as long as he gives me strength. My daughters and granddaughters are wonderful to me, and they give a great measure of happiness and pleasure. I continue to be active in church and my Christian life. My tax man told me that I will never have an opulent life. I know that, but the Lord has provided me with adequate means to live comfortably. I am grateful to him for his providence to me.

Additional Comments:

My wife and I were married in 1966. I lost her on August 16, 2017. She had several jobs. Two that were noteworthy, were teaching remedial reading in Christian school and serving as church secretary for 26 years. I nearly lost her in the summer of 2010, due to intestinal problems. Her physician told her that she was a fighter, and that many with her condition would not have survived as long as she did.

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I knew Bruce as a Scout, and later as a very close friend.  He joined the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to which I belonged, and he became my best friend at that time. He used to come to my home after the evening church service and spend time with me and my wife. I miss him to this day. I know that we will be together when I go to be with the Lord. He was interred at the military cemetary at Point Loma. There is a plaque with his name on it in the lawn of the War Memorial Building.  Bruce was very close to his family. 

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