John Alfred Larson, M.D.
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Formerly of Westport
John Alfred Larson, M.D., Psychiatrist, died quietly on the morning of July 29, 2012 in Louisville, CO. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his son, Chris Larson, daughter-in-law, Lauren, and grandchildren, Henry and Evelyn, Louisville Co, his daughter, Inga Larson, Denver CO, his sister, Phyllis Bartz, West Salem, WI, and his brother, Arthur Edwin Larson, CA. He is preceded in death by his son, John Mikael Larson, who passed in 1984.
Dr. Larson was born February 10, 1927, to Mildred and Edwin Larson, and raised in New Richmond, WI. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, he focused his studies in psychiatry, becoming a resident at the Menninger Institute. He also married Dorothy Swanson and raised two children, while moving east to Longmeadow, MA. There he became Chief Psychiatrist at Bay State Hospital, and was twice elected President of the Western Massachusetts Psychiatric Association.
Upon a second marriage, to Peggy Jones, he settled in Westport, CT, where they raised their son. He remained in active practice in this, and later in the Norwalk area, for the rest of his professional life. In 1994, he married Tricia MacQueen. In addition to his long-standing private practice, he also began to explore stress medicine, culminating in the formation and running of the Institute for Stress Medicine in Norwalk, CT. He joined the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. His final contribution was a book he wrote encouraging safe driving, Steering Clear of Highway Madness, later published in 1999 under the title, Road Rage to Road-Wise, which the AAA used as a teaching tool in their curriculum.
Dr. Larson will be cremated, and his remains interred in the Unitarian Church in Westport that was his community and support for many years. A memorial service is being planned at the church on August 18.
A complete obituary may be found at www.darrellhowemortuary.com
Published in The Hour on Aug. 3, 2012