Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

I want to thank Bill Potter and David Steiger for creating a space on this page where people can leave their thoughts about Larry.

Like all of us who have worked with him over the years, I was surprised and saddened by the news of Larry's passing. Larry was, of course, a central figure in the US nuclear policymaking. He had an encyclopedic mind, especially when it came to the IAEA. His career combined academic scholarship and policymaking long before the current debates in social science about policy relevance. And like George Bunn, he even contributed progeny to the field. Most of all, however, Larry was a kind and gentle person. For me, more than 20 years his junior, he was an avuncular expert, the guy at the meeting that you could go up to and chat with and get a question answered. I don't think it would be too much to say that, for a while anyway, he was the wise and kind uncle for the entire nuclear community. That stern photo of him posted here makes me laugh, and I think Larry would have liked that. He had a wonderful sense of humor and smile. None of this is to suggest he was a pushover. He wasn't. And he held strong beliefs on more than one topic. But I will remember him not for that nor his excellent book on France but rather for his steady and friendly way. At a moment of great uncertainty and tumult in our field, we could use Larry's assuring presence. I miss him already.