Larry died April 1, 2023, in Syracuse, N.Y. 

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 27, 1932. His academic credentials include a B.A. from Johns Hopkins in 1953, an M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1954, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton in 1958. 

Larry joined the faculty of Syracuse University, where he taught in the Department of Philosophy for 36 years. He served for one year as acting chair of the department, seven years as director of the university’s honors program, and five years as director of graduate studies in philosophy. He attained emeritus status in 1995. 

Larry was an expert on the philosophical problems associated with color perception. He wrote an award-winning book, Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow; produced an edited volume, Color Categories in Thought and Language; and published 60 articles and book chapters. In retirement he was in worldwide demand as a lecturer on these topics. He received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Evamaria; sons David, William, and Christopher; stepdaughter Susanne McMillen; and five grandchildren.

Graduate alumni memorials are prepared by the APGA.

Graduate Class of 1958