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LARY GROTH

LARY GROTH Lary "Laurence" Bruno Groth, a 26-year resident, of Henderson, passed away at age 88, Jan. 31, 2014, following a brief, intense illness. Lary was born in New York City in 1925, to Bruno Groth and Laura Gunthert. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he obtained an undergraduate degree from Brown University and then a master's degree in social work from Boston University. While in school he published an article on group behavior. He moved to Las Vegas in 1987 following his retirement from the Commission on Human Relations in Philadelphia, where he served as deputy director of the Community Relations Division, passionately advocating for civil rights issues and empowering residents to act on their own behalf. As president of the National Association of Human Rights Workers he took his advocacy nationwide. The other passion in Lary's life was nurturing his athletic skills with a lifelong devotion to baseball, softball and football. In addition to playing on several community teams, he coached and umpired a number of teams, culminating in a 20-year association with the Las Vegas Senior Softball Association, where he also served as president and became a charter member of the Hall of Fame in 1997. He competed as a sprinter in the Senior Olympics, both locally and in Syracuse, N.Y. Always an avid learner, he explored the southwest through extensive private travel as well as exploring trips through UNLV, and for the past five years was an active participant in OLLI classes there. He served as the president of his neighborhood association for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Howard; daughters, Claudia (Carla Johnson) Groth and Ericka (Roy Sendek) Stork; and granddaughters, Eden (Kalem) Howell and Callie Sendek. Services will be private. Contact the family for details. Donations in Lary's memory may be made to Three Square Food Bank or SAFE House of Henderson.
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