LAWRENCE T. SKRIVSETH

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LAWRENCE T. SKRIVSETH  

Lawrence T. Skrivseth, born August 8 1945, died June 3 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a brief illness. Mourned and missed by his family and many friends, including his life partner Dixie Cole and her family, his daughter Lenka (Skrivseth) Glassman (Mathieu), stepson William Hemsley, sisters: Esther Powell, Shirley Rice (John); Sigrid Houston (Scott); brothers: Kenneth (Karen Lubieniecki); Eric (Margaret) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Eleanor (Turli) Skrivseth and sister Karen.
Born and raised in Falls Church Virginia, Larry graduated from the University of Virginia and received an MA in French from Vanderbilt University. He was drafted into Army service in Vietnam. Fluent in several languages, Larry joined the Bureau of Language Services of the IMF in 1975, rising to the position of Chief of the English Division in 1989. He retired in 2001, then worked as a freelance translator.
He moved to New Mexico in 2006, continued translating, and supported local community arts organizations. He also traveled extensively in the US and abroad.
Larry's passion for words and ideas infused and enriched his life and relationships. He was known for his kindness, humor and generosity among co-workers, family and friends, who spanned the globe.
Larry reached the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth, but was not a saint. He enjoyed cultural activities, good food, and fine beverages. He had a snort of whiskey at times and travelled the world often in strange and wondrous ways, said a friend.
His marriages to Sandra Jean Fairfield, Nelly Chrastil and Cathy Wright ended amicably.
A small family gathering was held June 7 in Rio Rancho. A memorial service is being planned for the East Coast this summer.



Published in The Washington Post on June 14, 2014
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