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Thomas Ernest Larkin Jr.


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Thomas Ernest Larkin Jr. Obituary
September 29, 1939 - July 29, 2018 Thomas E. Larkin, Jr., a leader in the investment industry whose vision and tenacity helped transform L.A. money manager TCW into a global giant, passed away July 29, 2018. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Tom's generosity as a philanthropist, civic leader, and loyal friend made a difference in countless lives in Los Angeles and beyond. Tom, who most recently served as TCW's Vice Chairman, was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on September 29, 1939 to Margaret (Gorman) Larkin and Thomas E. Larkin, Sr. He mourned the loss of Margaret, his beloved wife of 38 years, last August, and is survived by their son, Thomas E. Larkin III, daughter-in-law, Marianne, and adored grandson, Thomas E. Larkin IV. Tom is also survived by his sister Anne Larkin Russo. His brother, Patrick, and sister, Margaret, predeceased him. Tom, as he was known to his family, was an avid deep sea fisherman, prolific reader, crossword puzzle master, semi-pro heckler, and bacon connoisseur. He had a truly special enthusiasm for his family and friends until the end. He brought his notable intelligence and unique sense of humor to everything he did, and when he believed in something, he fought for it. Over his lifetime he generously supported causes that moved him. He believed that education was the essential foundation for success, and that everyone deserved a good one. Tom spent years working to strengthen schools he believed in, and served as a trustee of several, including his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame; Loyola Marymount University; Mount Saint Mary's University; and Harvard-Westlake School. He was intimately involved with The Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame, which has impacted the lives of over 180,000 students across the United States. Another passion was Healthcare. Tom served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital Foundation, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Heart and Lung Surgery Foundation, and as a member of the board of the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He and Margaret were also benefactors of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Tom was ever proud of his Irish heritage – he was delighted to be named Los Angeles Irishman of the Year in 2005 – and he was a huge fan of Notre Dame football. He also appreciated sports in general. As chairman of the board of directors of the LA84 Foundation, he helped ensure that kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds across Los Angeles had the opportunity to play them. He had many friends in the clubs he belonged to, as well. He will be missed at Los Angeles Country Club, The California Club, Big Canyon Country Club, The Pacific Club and The Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Tom was a dedicated Catholic and worked hard to support the Catholic Church, proudly serving as a member of the Board of Regents for the Archdiocese of L.A.'s Catholic Education Foundation; the Investment Committee of the Archdiocese; and the Finance Council of the Archdiocese. He was a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, and a Knight of Malta. Among his other civic contributions, Tom also enjoyed serving on the board of the Music Center and as a trustee of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, now the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. At TCW, Tom served as Managing Director and President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming Vice Chairman. Tom faithfully served on the board of the Automobile Club of Southern California from 2007 to 2016. Prior to TCW, he worked at Crocker Investment Management Corp., Bernstein-Macaulay, Inc., Eastman Dillon, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1965. Services for Tom Larkin will be held at 11am at St. Brendan Catholic Church on August 17th, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to the Alliance for Catholic Education https://ace.nd.edu/support or the Catholic Education Foundation https://cefdn.org/donate-now/.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 9, 2018
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