Lawrence "Larry" Plummer, age 77, of Athens, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.
Larry was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 19, 1936, the son of the late Donald C. and Mildred Plummer. He earned his B.S. in chemistry at Loras College, Debuque, Iowa, and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa
. He then completed two years of post-doctoral work at the University of Arizona. On September 9, 1990, he married Jeanne Marie Plummer, in Wilmington, Del.
Larry retired from the DuPont Company after a 36-year career as a research chemist spent at the company headquarters in Wilmington, Del., and in London, England. Larry held numerous patents related to the development of polymers and their applications.
Larry loved golf, gardening, woodworking/furniture making, photography, and his grandchildren, Bryant and Evan Shirreffs, also of Athens. One of Larry's favorite pastimes was to attend Bryant and Evan's various sports practices and games. He was a life-long Iowa Hawkeye and returned to Iowa often to cheer on his alma mater.
Larry loved to travel, and did so extensively throughout Europe. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading about American history.
Larry was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Plummer, and is survived by his wife, Jeanne Plummer; brother, Leo Plummer; sister-in-law, Kay Plummer; step-children, Allison, Christine, and John Shirreffs; daughter-in-law, Lisa Shirreffs; son-in-law, Rod Johnson; grandchildren, Bryant and Evan Shirreffs; nephews, Craig and Bradley J. Plummer; Patrick Johnson, Meghan Johnson, and Larry and Jeanne's canine companion, Puffy.
A memorial service for Larry will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, in Bogart. The family will receive visitors prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home West, Bogart, is in charge of the arrangements.www.lordandstephens.com