Deceased July 6, 2017

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In Memory

Larry died on July 6, 2017, at age 98, in Longmeadow, Mass. He graduated from the Pingry School in Elizabeth, N.J., of which he became a trustee years later. He donated a classroom-laboratory in honor of his former science teacher and mentor, Elliott Knoke, who inspired him to study medicine.

At Amherst Larry was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, the pre-medical club, golf and outing clubs.

He received his M.D. from Temple Medical School, his internship from Lenox Hill and his residency from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

During WWII Larry served as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. In 1945 he was in the Pacific theater in the invasion of Okinawa.

His love of fly fishing took him to rivers worldwide. He was never happier than when he had a fly rod in hand, was on the golf course, skiing or climbing Mt. Fiji in order to view the sunrise from the peak the following morning.

Larry practiced ophthalmology for 45 years in Elizabeth, N.J. He was on the staff of the Elizabeth General Medical Center (now Trinitas Regional Medical Center). David Fletcher, the former president and CEO of the hospital, said, “Larry was a quiet leader and held in high regard by all.” His skills in ophthalmology were well recognized.

Larry’s true character and soul live on in the memory of his loving wife, Ottilie; his three children, John, Jeff and Sara; his four stepdaughters, Robin, Stephanie, Bertie and Sarah, and eight great-grandchildren.

Ottilie Griesemer

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