Roger Alan Lasswell (04/20/1928 - 01/03/2011)

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LASSWELL, Roger Alan
"Todd"(Age 82)

Passed away January 3, 2011, at his home in North Hollywood, CA. Born in Republic, WA, on April 20, 1928, to Harriett Margaret Sorenson and William Curtis Lasswell, he was raised in Spokane, WA, where he graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark High School in 1946. He attended Gonzaga U. and the U. of Washington, where he was an intramural boxing champion and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, graduating in 1950 with a BA in Economics. Roger received the highest score ever recorded on the National Law School Admission Test and attended USC Law School.
He joined the U. S. Navy in 1951 and was sent to Japan where he worked until 1953 as a news correspondent with the Navy Public Information Office and later as announcer at the Tokyo headquarters of Armed Forces Radio Services. He received international publicity with friend Don Tuschoff in 1953-54 for hitchhiking around the world, visiting 27 different countries and colonies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe for less than $900 apiece.
Roger (as Todd Lasswell) pursued a career in stage, screen and television in Hollywood and New York, appearing in "Suddenly Last Summer" with Lillian Roth, in "Prehistoric Planet" with Wendell Corey and in many other productions. Roger and his partner Bill Reilly founded and operated Multiteck Industries, one of the first entities to import high quality machine parts and automotive electrical products from Japan. Roger loved thoroughbred racehorses and one of his proudest moments was receiving a trophy from the mayor of Phoenix when his horse Leinster House won the Phoenix Gold Cup in 1980.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and by his only brother, William Curtis Lasswell, Jr., of Spokane, WA. He is survived by his nephews Stephen Lasswell (Ann) of Phoenix, AZ, and Kevin Lasswell (Denyce) of Highlands Ranch, CO, his sister-in-law Sharon Lasswell of Spokane, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Stephen can be reached at email [email protected]

Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2011
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