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Larry Alvin Edison Age 81, of Tacoma, died on January 24, 2018, after a brief struggle with streptococcus pneumonia. Born in Aberdeen, the son of Karold and Agnes Edison, Larry graduated Weatherwax High School, class of 1954. He attended Whitman College and earned his B.A. in Mathematics, class of 1958. From there he went to Stanford University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1964. Beginning his teaching career at Reed College in Portland, he later became chair of the Math Department for Alma College in Michigan, where he taught for 12 years. Then he shifted his focus to the evolving field of Computer Science and eventually retired from Pacific Lutheran University after 16 years. A gifted teacher, he was beloved by many students. Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane Minkler Edison, and his four sons: Christian and his wife Anna, Ransom, Jeffrey and his wife Isabelle, and Todd and his wife Carrie. He has eleven grandchildren. His sister Carol Alley of Seattle and brother Tom Edison of San Diego also survive him. Larry learned Italic Calligraphy while teaching at Reed. He was adept at calligraphy and enjoyed making posters, signs and documents for any occasion. Playing clarinet in New Horizons Band and a Woodwind Quartet after retirement fulfilled a great passion of Larry's. Being active at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder. He was in the IPC choir and recently had started playing in a marimba group. Larry enjoyed camping, travel, good food and wine, and staying at Yellow Point Lodge on Vancouver Island. Traveling to visit his sons wherever they were across the globe was a special joy and participating in Habitat for Humanity projects in Guatemala was an enriching experience. He was always engaged and positive. A memorial service is planned February 10 at 4:00 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N J St, Tacoma, with a reception following in Fellowship Hall at the church. Memorials may be made to Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity or the speaker series at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 4, 2018
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