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Lawrence Rogers Read


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Lawrence Rogers Read Obituary
November 2, 1934 - December 28, 2016 Lawrence Rogers Read was born in Los Angeles, CA, to Elizabeth Rogers and Robert Lovett Read. Raised in San Marino. Overshadowed by his brilliant older brother, George Wilmot , Larry was an unruly and indifferent student, who was asked to leave several schools and never finished high school. A family friend helped him enroll in what was then Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College), where his iconoclastic behavior was better tolerated. A Humanities Major was created for him, and his active mind found expression in writing, a skill which served him well professionally. After graduating as a member of the class of 1957, he entered the Army for six months, followed by six or seven years of Reserve meetings. He always said if he had had to serve any longer, he would have ended up in the Brig. When his military obligation ended, he went to work in the family business, Read and Company, a printing firm his parents began in 1937. Still in existence, Readco has adapted to constant changes in the field of graphic arts, and is now run by his son, Robert Thom Read. Mr. Read had a long career in the industry, and was highly respected. He co-founded NGADA, the National Graphic Arts Dealer Association, and International Power Connexions with his friend and colleague, Robert FitzPatrick. He never fully retired, and still went to the office one day every week at the age of 82. On December 22nd, 1960, Larry married a Scripps graduate from Pasadena, Valerie Thom. They adopted their first child, a girl, Whitney Elizabeth in 1968, and their son Robert in 1970. The family lived in Pasadena. Whitney (Grantley Warren) is an R.N., and the mother of two daughters, Katherine (20) and Bridget (18) Blanchette. Robert and his wife (Khue Truong) have one son, Theodore Lawrence (3). Mr. Read was a world traveler, who spent time in places as far-flung as Mexico, Europe and Asia. Because he sold Japanese printing presses he took many trips to Japan and other parts of Asia. Business trips to Germany allowed him to explore much of Europe. As recently as May of 2015 he and Valerie took another trip on their own to Paris which included Dialysis treatments as well as the return to their favorite French restaurants. The Reads chartered sailing trips in the West Indies, the Cyclades (Greece), the Turquoise Coast of Turkey and the Kingdom of Tonga. They sailed Tahiti and the Society Islands on the "Windsong" with Dr. David Viscott; on a Windjammer through the Windward and Leeward islands of the Caribbean, sponsored by Scripps College; and a Scripps Catamaran trip through the archipelago of Eastern Indonesia. Larry Read collected a variety of objects including California plein aire art, Japanese woodblock prints, coins, neckties, automobiles, ceramics, and Flow Blue china. In 2002 the Reads moved to the Spanish hacienda he had designed and built in Capistrano Beach in the 1980's. His taste was impeccable, he loved food, art, music; old time jazz, Rock'n'Roll, Country, opera. His sense of humor was legendary, and despite a grouchy exterior, he was well-loved by friends, employees and family. He was predeceased by his brother, George in 2007. A Memorial Service in his honor will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 11 A.M. in Pines Park, Capistrano Beach. In lieu of flowers please consider donating in his name (Lawrence Read) to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Phone: 888-733-6741 Online: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pulfibfou Mail: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2017
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