In Memoriam: Lawrence W. Broomall Jr. He served as the vice president for finance and university treasurer from 1986-2004.
Lawrence “Larry” W. Broomall Jr., former vice president for finance at Washington and Lee University, died Sept. 14, 2020. He was 78.
Broomall was born May 28, 1942, in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Glassboro State College and his Ed.D. from Virginia Tech. He was a captain in the Air Force from 1964-1970.
Prior to joining W&L in 1986 as university treasurer, he was the acting director of computer services at Glassboro State College, registrar at Gloucester County College, associate vice president for finance at Virginia Tech and vice president for business affairs at the College of William & Mary. He was promoted to vice president for finance at W&L in 1996 and retired in 2004. In retirement he served as the interim CFO at Sweet Briar College and Wilson College.
During his career, Broomall contributed a book chapter titled “A Business Officer’s View in Budgeting at a State University” in “Facilities Management: A Manual for Plant Administration” (1984) and was a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Institutional Research, Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and NACUBO’s Benefits and Personnel Committee. He was on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Education Finance. He served as president of EACUBO and was on the board of NACUBO, as well as its board of emeriti.
“Larry hired me early in my career,” said Steve McAllister, vice president for finance and university treasurer. “What I quickly learned was the level of professionalism Larry always exhibited, but the longer I worked with Larry, the more I learned that as good a professional as he was, he was a better person. Larry was selfless in his service and care for others and consistently did so with a level of humility that is rare to see. He was a role model that I hope to emulate in my own career and life.”
In Lexington, Broomall was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and served on the board of directors of the Stonewall Jackson Hospital and the Lexington Downtown Development Association. He also served as president of Lexington’s Chamber of Commerce and was a member of its city council.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, and sons, Jeff and Michael Todd.
The Celebration of Life will be held outdoors Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121
With the COVID restrictions in place, no meal will be served at the service, although zip-locked bags of chocolate chip cookies (Larry’s favorite) and bottled water will be shared.
Donna has indicated that if persons wish to make donations in lieu of flowers, they may send to either of the two charities listed below, both of which Larry was very involved with.
Lake Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 695, Moneta, VA 24121-0695 (540.297.3214) www.lakechristianministries.org.
Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, P.O. Box 2, Moneta, VA 24121 (540.798.2332) https://www.smlgoodneighbors.org.