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.