Dr. Larry Salinger, 55, of Bono, AR, formerly of Solana Beach, died Saturday, November 23, 2013, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR. Larry, an only child, was born January 7, 1958, in Boston, MA, to Dr. Gerhard and Mrs. Ursel Salinger (nee Ehrlich), both originally of Berlin, Germany. |
He grew up in Southern California, attended Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach, and was a 1976 graduate of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA. Larry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine (1981), a Master of Arts in Forensic Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington (1983), and his doctorate in Sociology from Washington State University (1992). Dr. Salinger taught in the Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography at Arkansas State University from 1990 until his death, most recently serving as department chair. He was a dedicated professor and mentor to thousands of ASU students in his 23 years with the department. Dr. Salinger also taught at Adrian College in Adrian, MI, from 1987 to 1990, and was a visiting professor at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, from 2001 to 2002. He authored or co-authored ten books on social deviance, white-collar crime, and counterterrorism tactics, as well as numerous journal articles and government reports. Dr. Salinger was proud to contribute to his community, both on-campus and off. As well as serving on numerous university committees, Dr. Salinger was a founding member of the Executive Board of the Northeastern Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center. He was also proud to be a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Association of University Professors, and the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter at ASU. His commitment to his students and the university could only be matched by his strong sense of social justice and moral responsibility toward all of humanity.
In his leisure time, Larry enjoyed cooking, spending time working on his garden, listening to bluegrass music, and going to ASU football games.
Larry is survived by one son, Mr. Jeremiah Salinger, a current graduate student at Arkansas State University and former resident of Spokane, WA; his life partner, Ms. Robin Pawson of Bono; the mother of his child, Mrs. Denise Routt of Spokane; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service was held Friday November 29, 2013, at Temple of Israel Cemetery in Jonesboro with Cantor Dr. David Levenbach officiating. A memorial service for family, friends, and all of Dr. Salinger's current and former students will be announced at a later date by his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center in Jonesboro.
Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro is in charge of all arrangements.
Published in the Del Mar Times on Dec. 12, 2013