Larson, Captain, USN (Ret), Richard
Captain Richard Larson, USN (Ret.) passed away in his sleep of natural causes on 25 November 2012 in Great Falls, Virginia. He was 91 years old. Born in Waltham MA and graduating from Waltham HS with the class of 1940, he entered the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Earning his wings, he flew in the Pacific theater as a fighter pilot and as a Patrol Plane Commander in VPB-149, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous Air Medals. From 1946-1948, he studied at Harvard University. This was followed by tours in VP-8 (Quonset Pt, RI), as a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, TX, and subsequent duties at NAS Kodiak AK, Navy Line School and as Navigator aboard USS Jupiter, (AVS-8) in Japan. He served as Executive Officer, Attack Mining Squadron 10, then as Commanding Officer where he led the squadron through a mission and designation change to Patrol Squadron 17. This was followed by tours as Aide and Flag Secretary for Commander, ASW Forces, Pacific (Pearl Harbor, HI); and Assoc. Director (Plans and Programming), Office of the Navy Comptroller. From 1966-1969, he served as the U.S. Naval Attache, Defense Attaché's Office, Stockholm, Sweden. He then returned to Arlington as Director of Administration, NavAirSysCom, serving until his retirement in 1973. During this time, he also earned an MBA from the Univ of Maryland. Following retirement from the Navy, he worked with the Joint Cruise Missile and Joint Hand-Launched UAV Systems projects until full retirement in 1993. The love of his life, the former Elizabeth E. Stevens of Waltham MA, predeceased him in 1995, shortly before their 50th wedding anniversary. He leaves his beloved family, sons Robin (NH) and Roy (NJ), daughters Dee Dee (NC) and Betsy (VA) along with 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brothers Dwight and Robert of Waltham, he also leaves a sister, Astrid LaForest, Waltham, and brothers Albert, Balboa Island CA and Cameron, Newton MA. Memorial services were held on 01-March-2013 followed by interment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery alongside his wife. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the ALS


Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 5, 2013