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LAWRENCE R. GLOSTEN

1918–2010

Elected in 1990

“For innovative naval architectural and marine engineering solutions to problems of ocean transport and ocean research.”

BY J. R. PAULLING

LAWRENCE R. GLOSTEN, founder and president, The Glosten Associates, died February 22, 2010, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Larry was born in New York City on August 5, 1918. His father was a retired rear admiral, having started as a merchant marine officer and later serving in the U.S. Navy in command of troop ships. Larry’s interest in ships started at an early age. He was an avid reader of great sea literature as well as a builder of model ships. At an early age he had heard of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, which at that time was located in the Bronx, and he decided that it was where he wanted to study. After graduation from high school he took the competitive examination for Webb, was admitted, and received his B.S. degree in 1940.

Larry had joined the Naval Reserve as a student at Webb and went on active duty two months after graduation. His first assignment was to the New York Naval Shipyard, but after only a few months he was sent to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard where he served as a docking officer and ship superintendent. He was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, and in May 1942 was in charge of dry docking the USS Yorktown, which had been damaged in the Battle of the Coral Sea. In two days’ time the yard completed



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