Larry Neilson (Edward Moore Lawton Jr) ’71

Larry NeilsonLarry Neilson, formerly known as, Edward Moore Lawton, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Shoreline.

He was born Sept. 3, 1954, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Milne Lawton, Jr. He leaves his mother Sally Lawton of Westhampton, Massachusetts; his sister Cynthia Lawton-Singer; his brother James Lawton; and many friends in the Seattle area.

Larry graduated from The Williston Northampton School in 1971, and from Vassar College in 1975 with honors in history. He worked in advertising, web design and photography.

He grew up in Westhampton, Massachusetts, and later lived in Marblehead from 1982 to 1990 and in Seattle since 1990. There he belonged to the University Unitarian Church, the Fremont Arts Council of Seattle, and the Seattle P-Patch Community Garden. His lifelong interests included trains, sailing and battleships, jazz, history, street theater, art cars, social justice movements and gardening.

6 thoughts on “Larry Neilson (Edward Moore Lawton Jr) ’71”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I remember him fondly from our days at Williston. He will be missed.

  2. I’m very sorry to hear of Larry’s premature passing. I remember his Dad’s history classes fondly as well. Like many of my friends at Williston, Larry was an excellent photographer and his observations contributed greatly to our yearbooks. My condolences to the people close to him.

  3. It is interesting (or perhaps disturbing) that in an era of social networking and ‘instantaneous’ communications that it took 6 month for us to learn he has passed. It is odd (or perhaps heartwarming) to see his presence lives on the internet… Safe journey Larry.

  4. I am saddened with the news of my classmate Larry’s passing. Too young! His father had a profound influence on my life. I have find memories of my days at Williston! My condolence to his family and his friends!

  5. I didn’t have any contact with Larry after I graduated from Williston. I remember him fondly, however, and I certainly learned a lot in his father’s history class. Rest in Peace, Larry.

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