Mr. Larry Buster Mers was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on May 11. 1940 and passed away March 13, 2013 due to complications from a major Surgery.
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He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Kenneth and Sara Mers (Hamilton), his loving sisters Kay Hamilton Moore, Sharon Hamilton Coe and Penny Hamilton Dye.
He is survived by his loving sisters Sally Mers Whitworth (John), Pamela Hamilton Savis and Mary Dawn Hamilton West (Tim) and their wonderful families, his favorite aunt, Edna Mae Ayers and her son Ron Ayers and his devoted partner of forty years, Carl Dreibelbis.
Larry graduated from Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi in 1958. He received Degrees from the University of Corpus Christi, Texas A &M University and Texas A & I University and spent the next fifty years of his life in the field of education.
Larry had a career at Houston Community College that spanned 40 years. He was an outstanding teacher, administrator, and mentor. He was the founder and guiding spirit of the college's first Fine Arts department. As its department chair, he was the moving force behind the renovation and historical marking of the Heinen Theater and in the building of the first Fine Arts Center at HCC. In the last fifteen years of his career at the College, he was the Senior Director for technology at HCC, Southwest College, leading development of the newest and best technology, once again proving his versatility and willingness to go where great leadership is needed. He is remembered by his colleagues as a man who trusted in the integrity and ability of the people he worked with. His capabilities helped to make HCC a better place.
Larry was a natural born leader, moderator, teacher and counselor. He had a quiet way of running things without you knowing it, helping you without you knowing it and leading you down the right path without you knowing it and yet he was modest and un-assuming. He enjoyed life to the fullest, loved to travel, loved people, loved to entertain, to laugh, to learn and to lead. He was a gentleman and a scholar and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
A memorial service for Mr. Larry Mers will be held this Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:00pm in the main auditorium at the HCC Southwest College, West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081.
In lieu of sending flowers please consider a donation to the HCC Foundation - Larry B. Mers Scholarship Fund, 3100 Main, Houston, TX 77003.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away"
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2013