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New Yorkers Salute Larry Boetsch ’69

— by on June 21st, 2016

During his 40 years at Washington and Lee University, Professor Larry Boetsch has received many honors, but probably nothing like the ones that came his way this spring from Steven E. Losquadro, a member of the W&L Class of 1986. To mark Larry’s retirement this year, Losquadro, an attorney in Rocky Point, New York, rounded up salutes to his former professor from officials in Losquardo’s home state.

“Prof. Boetsch was my advisor,” Losquadro wrote to President Ken Ruscio ’76, “but more so a friend and mentor . . . and made my four years in Lexington memorable and rewarding.”

First, there’s a Certificate from Congratulations from Daniel P. Losquadro, the Brookhaven superintendent of highways, “on behalf of the 486,040 residents of the Town of Brookhaven.” It gives a nod to Larry’s “extraordinary service to the students, faculty and staff of Washington and Lee University, as well as the international education community.”

Then there’s the citation from Dean Murray, a member of the New York State Assembly from the Third District. It recognizes Larry’s “outstanding service and 40-year commitment” to W&L.

And finally, Kenneth P. LaValle, of New York’s First Senate District, presented a Certificate of Recognition for Larry’s “exception and dedicated service to the students and faculty of Washington and Lee University.”

Larry, a professor of Romance languages, served as acting president of the university from 2001 to 2002, and as the first director of the Center for International Education. Larry was also dean of the College for a number of years. He graduated from W&L in 1969.