Harold Lloyd Lasswell 1923-2014 Harold Lloyd Lasswell, 90, died peacefully of respiratory failure on March 17, 2014. He had been a resident at Frasier Meadows Assisted Living but was temporarily relocated to Golden West because of the September flood. He and his wife Mildred "Mim" have lived in Boulder since 1986. Harold was born in Washunga, Oklahoma and grew up in the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. In 1942, he graduated from high school and joined the Marines where he served with the US First Marine Division in the Guadalcanal Campaign. There, he used his "expert" marksmanship to help guard airfields threatened by the Japanese forces. In late July 1945, the Division embarked for the invasion of southern Japan. Mid-ocean, however, they learned that Japan had surrendered and that the invasion would not be necessary. Instead, the Marines were sent to China to escort Japanese forces safely onto trains and back to Japan. After the war, Harold returned to Oklahoma and attended college on the GI Bill, later enrolling in osteopathic school in Kansas City, MO. He met his wife Mim, an airline stewardess with TWA, on a blind date on Valentine's Day 1950. They were married six months later at the University of Chicago Chapel. Harold worked as an osteopathic physician in private practice in Western Michigan for 25 years, specializing in internal medicine and cardiology. In the latter part of his career, he worked in veterans hospitals in Grand Rapids, MI and in Ft. Lyons, CO. Harold loved taking his family on camping vacations throughout the US: river rafting, skiing, and hiking in the National Parks. After his retirement, he and Mim explored Africa, hiked through Nepal, rode the Siberian railway, bicycled across Italy and through Eastern Europe, and scuba dived and sailed in the Virgin Islands and South Pacific. Harold was a voracious reader of science fiction, fantasy, spy novels, American history, and historical fiction and was a regular patron of the Bookworm. He also had an appetite for good food, adoring "anything baked in a crust." He was a devoted husband and a beloved father and grandfather. He leaves his wife Mim Lasswell; four daughters: Susan Pruitt of Lafayette, CO; Catherine Lasswell of Boulder, CO; Amy Kreizberg of New York City; Peggy Lasswell of Niwot, CO; a foster daughter, Debra Joneson of Muskegon, MI; and three grandchildren: Scott Tietzel, David Kreizberg, and Daniel Kreizberg. A Celebration of Life is planned for June 21st at Frasier Meadows.
Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 13, 2014.