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Lawrence M. Merin 1951 - 2012

Lawrence M. Merin

Sunday, November 11, 2012
I offer my most sincere condolences to the family and those who knew him so well. My prayers are with you.

Nancy Mason (UNHS, Nashville, TN)
Friday, November 09, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Larry, he was a visionary, a campaigner and a good man, that is a great legacy and one that few can truly claim. In addition I am proud to call him my friend, he was a wonderful man to know and I appreciated his friendship, humor and guidance while I lived in the US. I will miss you Larry and I will be thinking of him, Becky, Sydney and David on Sunday. Thank you Larry for being my friend.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Larry was a compassionate ophthalmic photographer. He was active in OPS, serving on Boards, helping organize ICOP meetings, writing articles and chapters. He was active in developing the use of digital imaging screen and follow diabetic retinopathy. He was always ready with a good word; he was positive and encouraging. His method of working with people was about finding a way to move ahead together, as opposed to pushing his own specific agenda.

I'll miss Larry. We met by chance at a jazz bar in Chicago at my first AAO meeting. We ended up rooming together at countless OPS Board meetings. Flooded showers; middle of the night fire alarms; one time, I was checking the hotel room drawers while packing and found one full of Larry's dirty clothes. I called to make sure they were his (what color are your boxers?), found a box and mailed them out to him. We always talked about our families and his health when we got together. His family came later in his life than he would have planned, but he still had plenty of time to give and receive their unconditional love and support. When we had free time at meetings, we used to visit local galleries with photography shows. Larry taught me about a lot of things besides ophthalmic photography. He introduced me to well pressed shirts and to fountain pens. Larry owned a little car that went fast. He let me know that life is short, and that we should always make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. I'll miss Larry, but I will think of him and the good things he did on a regular basis.
Friday, November 09, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Larry's kindness to JWayne Biggers both during their work with Scout Troop 3 and in reaching out at JWayne's memorial reflected a lifetime of Righteousness. I'll always recall him tooling around in that little convertible.
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