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E. LAWRENCE DURHAM

DURHAM, E. Lawrence On September 25th, 2012, "Larry" Durham passed away peacefully in his Mendon, MA home, in the company of his family. He was 94. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marcia Jean Cloutier, his second wife, Rose Pilibosian Durham, and his son, Edward A. Durham. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law; Laurie and Jack Daigle, of Mendon, MA, and two brothers-in-law; Kasper Pilibosian of Wellesley, MA and Robert Cloutier of Okatie, SC. Having many interests and talents, Larry lived a rich, full life. He studied at the New England Conservatory and was an accomplished pianist. He served an extended tour of duty in WWII (Army), in Japan and the Philippines. He completed his graduate studies at Boston University (Phi Beta Kappa) and did his Doctoral work in Anthropology at Harvard. He went on to become a professor of Anthropology and Psychology at Boston University and then for over 30 years at Northeastern University, where he was also the Chief Marshall. Always the scholar, Larry could speak 4 languages. His children referred to him as "the walking encyclopedia". Larry was the recipient of the first "Outstanding Professor of the Year" award at Northeastern. In 1962, Larry married Rose Pilibosian Durham of Wellesley. Sharing similar interests (particularly music and gardening) and common friends, Larry and Rose enjoyed a fulfilling life together for the next 44 years. Larry was an animal lover, particularly dogs, raising both prize winning show dogs and family pets. Larry was an incredibly caring person. Even in retirement, he worked extensively at the Brewster Senior Center and was given a Presidential Commendation for his efforts. He said he "really liked helping the 'older people". He himself was in his 80's! Larry will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and never forgotten by those whose lives he so deeply touched.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 7, 2012
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