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Week of: Sep 20, 2015

Obituary for Professor Emeritus E. Larry Squires, Dept. of English English

Professor Emeritus E. Larry Squires, a longtime faculty member in the Department of English (1965-1983), passed away on Sept. 1. His obituary, originally published in the Times-Standard, is below:

EDGAR LARRY SQUIRES June 10, 1925 to September 1, 2015. Edgar Larry Squires of Alameda CA died of natural causes September 1, 2015, at Shady Lane Rest Home in Richmond, CA. He was born on June 10, 1925, to Edgar Larry Squires Sr. and Gladys Marsden in Salt Lake City Utah. Larry was a thoughtful, gentleman and an avid tennis player, skier and master martini maker. He loved art and music, especially Brahms whom he called the most celestial of composers.

During WWII Larry, a graduate of USCG Officers School in Alameda, served with the Merchant Marines. Later his love of literature drew him to academia. He attended the University of Utah, earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, an M.A from UCLA and a Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Davis.

He enjoyed being the proverbial English major and his life’s work was as professor of English Literature at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA for 30 years.

Surviving Larry Squires are his wife April and children Eliot of Utah, Nicole Marca of California, Michelle Squires of Iowa, Remy Squires of California and Stephanie Niedermeyer of Oregon.

Larry’s guides for life were Thomas Hanzo, friend and UC Davis graduate adviser, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Jesus Christ. For his wife April he was mentor, best friend and loving husband for 41 years. Their poem for each other is John Donne’s, “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”. His last wish was that all his children be happy, and his last words were, “Let’s go home. All of us.” His final resting place is Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.

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