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Memorial Tributes, Volume 12
on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. He was also a member of the National Academy of Public Administration Committee on Management; a member of the Board of Directors, Baker Corporation; president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO); chairman of the National Governors Association Task Force on New Federal Transportation Regulation; chairman of the National Research Council Transportation Research Board; and chairman of the Strategic Highway Research Program Executive Committee. In 1993, when he completed his term at FHWA, he returned to his home in State College, Pennsylvania, where he remained active as a consultant on government and management issues.
Dr. Larson lived his personal life with the same energy he exhibited in his professional life. In October 2004, he was thrown from a horse-drawn cart and hit his head on a tree. He was hospitalized and, initially, showed some improvement, but he never fully recovered. He is survived by Esther, his wife of 50 years, and three daughters, Catherine Bisbee, Suzanne Fetter, and Merilee Peery.