LAREN--Kuno, 1924-2013 (nee Boris Kuum), died peacefully at home after a short illness. He was born in Tallin, Estonia during the first short period of Estonian independence. His childhood and young adulthood included early triumphs as a child violin prodigy who became a successful jazz musician throughout Estonia, Finland and Sweden. His escapes from the German army and the Russians during World War II, his help from the Swedish government, and his successful efforts to attain college and university degrees (Park College in Missouri and New York University in New York City) on scholarships are well-known to his family and friends. These led to a lifelong career in finance. He successfully earned one of the first Certified Financial Analyst diplomas, and quickly rose to important positions in New York City firms such as Shearson Hammill, Jessup and Lamont, and MacDonnell and Company, and Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. In the mid 1960's he started his own firm as a venture capitalist who helped found and finance many small companies which grew into successful public companies. He is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Mary, and by his four children: Inga, Guy, Philip and Anders, as well as his 15 grandchildren. We are grateful for the inestimable help during Kuno's illness from Cara Laren, Anders' beloved wife. May Kuno's memory remain alive in our hearts forever.
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 20, 2013