Fuchs, Lawrence H. "Larry"
The Meyer and Walter Jaffe Professor of American Civilization and Politics at Brandeis University, died on March 17, 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Canton, MA. He was a longtime resident of Weston, MA. Fuchs was born to Frances Scheiber and Alfred Fuchs in New York City, on January 29, 1927. He served in WWII
as a Navy medic. During his 50 years at Brandeis University, he established himself as a renowned authority in the emerging field of American studies. He was a beloved teacher, mentor and dean of the faculty who chaired the American studies department for over 25 years. Fuchs was deeply committed to his family, teaching, scholarship and public service. He was the first Peace Corps director in the Philippines and Executive Director of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Fuchs worked tirelessly to advance civil liberties, racial equality and human rights. He authored 10 books encompassing American political behavior, ethnicity and acculturation. Larry's wife of 42 years, Betty Corcoran Hooven Fuchs, died in October 2012. He leaves his brother, Victor; four daughters, Janet Fuchs, Frances Fuchs, Naomi Fuchs and Carol Hooven Byrne; three sons, Michael Hooven, Fred Hooven and John Hooven; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donations in his honor may be sent to: Jewish Family and Children's Services, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451www.jfcsboston.org
; The Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20036 http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/about-us
; the Larry Fuchs Fund to support American studies at Brandeis, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Mailstop 122, Waltham, MA 02453 or online (https://alumni.brandeis.edu/makingyourgift/tribute
); Facing History and Ourselves, 16 Hurd Rd, Brookline, MA 02445, USA, http://www.facing.org/
A public memorial service will be held at Brandeis University's Sherman-Hassenfeld Auditorium on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM.