Monterey Institute of International Studies

In Memoriam: Longtime Friend of MIIS Laurence P. Horan

Laurence P. Horan

Laurence P. “Larry” Horan, 1929 – 2012

January 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Laurence P. “Larry” Horan, former chair of the Monterey Institute Board of Trustees and a friend of the Institute through five decades of service to the Monterey community, passed away on Monday, January 23. He will be missed by his many good friends among the MIIS campus community.

Larry graduated from Boalt Law School at UC Berkeley and in 1960 was a founding partner in the Monterey law firm known today as Horan, Lloyd, Karachale, Dyer, Schwartz, Law & Cook. The firm was originally called Farr and Horan, after Larry and his partner Fred Farr, who went on to become a state senator and whose son is U.S. Representative Sam Farr. Larry took a three-year leave from his practice in the mid-1960s to be a Peace Corps country director in Costa Rica, Peru and Colombia, where Sam Farr served as a volunteer on Larry’s team.

Through the Peace Corps and his work on the Special Olympics, Larry became close with Sargent and Eunice (Kennedy) Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. In 1995, Sargent Shriver called on Larry to establish and chair the Northern California Chapter of the Special Olympics. Larry and his wife Jean also became friends with author Maureen Orth, widow of the late TV journalist Tim Russert, who joined Larry in speaking at the Monterey Institute’s celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary last October.

While serving on the Monterey Institute Board of Trustees, Fred Farr invited Larry to join the board in 1969. Larry served as board chair in 1975-76, and as a trustee until 2005. His service to the Institute continued through this past year, when he served on the steering committee of the Institute’s community outreach group eMIISsaries.

Larry’s consistent, generous support of the Institute included founding the Peace Corps Scholarship fund at MIIS in 2000. The Peace Corps Scholarship is awarded annually to a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer accepted into or studying in a master’s degree program at the Institute. The Horans also gave a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts to the Institute, which continues to be displayed in the campus library.

Larry is survived by his wife, Jean, five children and 12 grandchildren. In Larry's memory the family has invited donations to several charities, including the Jean and Larry Horan Peace Corps Scholarship Fund at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

5 Comments

What a Loss! If there were ever a "class act," it was Larry Horan! He was a man of goodness and dignity. He gave so much to the world around him, including his Peace Corps service and his service to MIIS!

Am sad to read of Mr. Horan's passing. I wish I had had the pleasure of meeting him. I know his work shall continue at the Institute.

God Bless.

Larry has been described as a true gentleman. His actions spoke for his true nature. May he rest in peace. He will be missed by many who knew him and those who were impacted by his good works.

Larry Horan: A man of impeccable integrity.

I am a former Peace Corps volunteer in Bogota during larry's years there, and became friends with him and Jean. We had a great basketball and softball team because of larry, and I enjoyed every minute of knowing Jean and the kids. . Because of Larry, my former wife and I were allowed to stay in country when she became pregnant, and had our first daughter there.

Jean, as an aside, just last week i spoke to Dr. Bob Gifford - who is still at Yale and he and Karlee are doing well.

He will be missed by all of us who knew him -

My love to Jean and the children and the grand kids ----

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