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“Lawrence I am so saddened of your passing. I haven't talked to you in quite some time. I was thinking of you this evening and wanted to reach out and...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Vincent Grimaldi - providence, RI

2 of 100+ | Posted by: ROBIN HOLCOMB - SCHENECTADY, NY

“About half the message I sent originally was omitted from the Memories and Candles page. Do you have a length limit? If not, how shall I send the...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Gordie Fellman - Cambridge, MA

“I am saddened to hear of this loss as it is news to me. Dr. Holcomb was a very interesting person and passionate about his work. May he rest in peace...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynsey Smith - Stony Brook, NY

“Lawrence: my student, my mentee, my colleague, my friend. Lively, smart, insightful, brilliant, insistent, challenging, stimulating, provocative,...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Gordie Fellman - Cambridge, MA

“I have fond memories of meeting Larry when we were both freshman at Gordon College. His passion for life, love of learning, and devotion to his Lord...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: jim laverty - PA

“Kingston was the first o e I met at VBS at First Pres shortly after returning from Africa. We were at the same table making some kind of hot pad or...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Marti Smith Stevens - Fallsington, PA

“Larry made my time at Gordon college in 1983 very special. I knew he was not your ordinary person. Because of my stage of my life and his, there was...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Becky Johnston - Phoenix, AZ

“My condolences to Larry's (as I knew him back then) family. I remember his happiness and kindness, and am moved by his life and work since his time...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandy Hudock - Pueblo, CO

“My heartfelt condolences to Lawrence's family and friends. Lawrence was Gordie Fellman's teaching assistant for Introductory Sociology at Brandeis U...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Janine (Berkowitz) Schipper - AZ

“I would like to send the Holcomb family my sincere condolences. You all live in my prayers and "Uncle Larry" will be missed. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Tamika S. Williams - Dunmore, PA

“This evening, my friend sent me an email that Lawrence passed away. I was shocked because I spent NYE 2013 with him and we had great conversation and...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Lionel Mesidor - Brooklyn, NY

“I had the privilege of having Dr. Holcomb as my Humanities teacher in 7th grade and my Sociology teacher in 12th grade at the Josiah Quincy Upper...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Nicole M. Kadey - Boston, MA

“I am so shocked and saddened at this news. There is a hole in my life that will not be filled again this side of heaven. I grew up with Larry at...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Cannon - Hamilton, MA

“The Cruz Family would like to express our condolences to the Holcomb Family on thier loss. ”
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Adrian Cruz Jr - Poughkeepsie, NY

“My deepest sympathy to the entire family and friends I just want you all to know that I am praying for you. May the Lord grant you peace,strength...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: ROSANNE MOORE - Laurel, MD

“It is difficult to articulate the impact that Dr. H had on my life, as the river runs so deep. His Sociology of Self class was one of the most...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Grace Humphrey - Beverly, MA

“To the Holcomb family:I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Lawrence (Larry, as I always fondly called him). I was a childhood friend of...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Nugent - Schenectady, NY

“Here is what Dr. H taught me. I mattered. My thoughts and perceptions of the world mattered. My thoughts and perceptions of myself mattered. What I...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Lauren - Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

“I've spent a lot of time in the past week trying to process the loss of Dr. Holcomb. He was such a profound influence on me during my transition into...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Melanie Pope - Tarrytown, NY

“I met Lawrence when he became a colleague at FitzGerald Communications while he was studying at Brandeis. He was our "security guard," manning the...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Maura FitzGerald - Boston, MA

“To Zelda and the Holcomb family: Our heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow and loss. May God light your way and give you comfort. May his...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Arthur Walton (Linda) - Lake Suzy, FL

“"You are beautiful in your imperfections" - that was something Dr. Holcomb told us during on of our sociology of gender class sessions. Later as we...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Claire Kinnen - Brooklyn, NY

“Julia and Holcomb Family: I am so sorry about the passing of your brother. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I will keep you in my...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Shelley Thyrring-Phillips - NY

“Dear Robin and the Holcomb Family, Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to you. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear brother...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Celeste Stamper Scott - MI

“Dr H, you gave me the courage to ask hard questions. You listened to me as I fumbled to put those questions into words, and you asked me to forgive...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Belt - Amesbury, MA

“I changed my major to Sociology after my first class (as in an hour class period, not course) with Dr. Holcomb. He used Peter Berger's Introduction...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Elise Bradley - Portland, OR

“I will always remember riding through the streets of Schenectady on a moped with Larry(without helmets, of course). What fun; what freedom! Larry...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Cindy Schwind Methe

“To the Holcomb Family, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Lawrence. I was friends with Robin in high school and remember what a...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda (Riley) Piel - Middleburgh, NY

“I was so saddened to hear of Dr. H's passing. I had him as a professor at Gordon College 10 years ago, but I still think of him, and the things he...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenna - Winston-Salem, NC

“There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been expressed so eloquently by Larry's friends, colleagues, and students. However, I do want to wish...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica (Shimkus) Borden - NY

“My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family and friends. RIP Larry you will be missed ”
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Luisa Cusano Iagrossi - NY

“To the Holcomb family; I'm so sorry for your loss and our hearts and prayers reach out to you at this difficult time. ”
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Christopher M. Rogers (son of James and Thelma Rogers) - NY

“So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. We had many laughs in Ferrin Hall together. Very dry humor made it hard to tell when he was being serious and...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom Grosso - Lutz, FL

“For changing the course of my life, then encouraging me to chase it. For challenging me to Think it through, and to Contend with it, thank you (is...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Elizabeth - Los Angeles, CA

“I worked with Lawrence in the late 1990s and spent many evenings get caught up in long conversations with Lawrence. Sometimes they were deep and...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Erin - Boston, MA - Old Friend

“I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Holcomb's passing. He made a tremendous impact on me. His teachings taught me to see, consider, pursue, and know "the...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelsey Palmer - San Francisco, CA

“I was a foreign exchange student from Portugal in 1983 at Linton High School. When I met Larry he made me feel special right away. He would always...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Teresa - Coimbra, Portugal

“RIP LARRY HOLCOMB Before I GOT MY POWER WHEELCHAIR He pushed me to classes Freshman YEAR! at Gordon College He will be greatly missed! Love &...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Hillary Marides - North Hills, CA

“I am very sad to hear of Larry's passing. As a close friend in high school, I remember a very warm and friendly person with a big laugh who enjoyed...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom Canty - Frankfurt, Germany

“To Larry's family- I am so sorry for your loss. We were best friends in middle school and reconnected last year via Facebook. He was always a deep...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Glynis Hart - Ithaca, NY - friend

“Dearest Lawrence, Words cannot express how saddened I am to hear that you are gone. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You were a...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Charlene - Lynn, MA - Friend

“Lawrence was a beautiful soul. I helped to bring him to Brandeis, though I never worked with him directly. It was always a treat to meet him in the...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Carmen Sirianni - Waltham, MA

“Always a composed, funny, open hearted and kind man. Lawrence was a friend to everyone and his most handsome, charming and intellectual spirit will...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacey Gardner - Lynn, MA

“I didn't know "Dr. Holcomb." I knew Larry from our time together as students at Gordon - I was in the Class of 1986. I remember he was a friend to...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Darryl J. Henderson - Largo, FL

“Dr. Holcomb, I was shocked to hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a great man and professor. Thank you for challenging me to ask...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Jasmine Ai - Tokyo, Japan

“To Lawrence's family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person & I'm so happy to have known Lawrence. May he rest in peace. ”
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Wanda Sierra - Lynn, MA - Friend

“I am totally stunned and devastated about the death of my very good friend Lawrence Holcomb. It's amazing to read all of the condolences and heart...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff Summers - Malden, MA

“Dr H was a brilliant professor who challenged and inspired each and every one of his students. I am so honored to have been in several of his classes...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: KW - Northampton, MA - Student

“I so valued Lawrence as a colleague. He had a great deal of integrity, and loved his work and students. I remember standing in the faculty lunchroom...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Dorothy Boorse - Beverly, MA

“Lawrence and I were colleagues at the Josiah Quincy Upper School and friends. I was so happy to celebrate Lawrence when he completed his PhD with his...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie Gamponia - Boston, MA

“I met Lawrence at Vincent's night club back in the 90's and we've been great friends ever since. Lawrence was like another brother in my family,...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathryn West-Hines - Boston, MA

“Since I heard about his passing earlier today, it's been so difficult to make my mind believe this is real. I graduated from Gordon 7 years ago, but...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Lydia Collins - Southern Pines, NC

“Dr. Holcomb had a profound impact on my life. As a student at Gordon College his Intro to Sociology class helped me fall in love with the subject...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Lindsey Allenby - NH

“Dr. Holcomb will be sincerely missed. He taught me a lot while I was at Gordon. He challenged students to not give the answers that professors were...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacie - Norwood, MA

“Dr. Holcomb was one of my sociology teacher's at Gordon College. I will never forget him. He was a dynamic, engaging and intelligent teacher who...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer - Northampton, MA

“This is deeply sad and unexpected news. Lawrence to me was an upbeat, encouraging, brotherly colleague here at Gordon College. I remember well the...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Steve Alter - Beverly, MA

“My very sincere condolences to his family - he is gone too soon. As my neighbor and friend in Lynn, Lawrence brought energy, fun, discussion,...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Bridget Jourgensen - Boston, MA

“Reading all the posts today, I feel compelled to address all of Lawrence's former students. He loved you all. I had so many conversations with him...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol Barlow Lampman - Surprise, NY

“This makes me so sad! Larry was a great guy with so much to offer. We went to Gordon together and I have such fond memories of him. The whole family...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Sheila Karsevar - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Dr. H, I last saw you over some jazz music and a drink at Darryl's Corner Bar in Boston, maybe a year ago. I told you how much your class and being...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Jen Demers - Boston, MA

“I ran into Lawrence at homestle pizza in Schenectady about a year ago. He was talking to some else. I said " are you Lawrence Holcomb." He said...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: John templer - Schenectadya, NY

“I"m so very sorry for your loss. Hoping in time you find calm and comfort from your fond memories of Larry. Love never dies. Wishing you all Peace. <3 ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelli - Saranac Lake, NY

“Dr Holcomb's work and sincere care on women's issues was a great help to me in my life. He was an exceptional professor and mentor to many. The world...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: carrie sturgeon - portland, ME

“Dr. Holcomb changed my life. His sociology class at Gordon College opened my eyes to the world around me. I will never forget him and his kindness...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Rebecca - Providence, RI

“I will always remember how Larry made me (a super shy girl) feel special. My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Delta-Marie (Griffith) Fox - TX

“My deepest sympathy for Julia and your family. I will keep all in my prayers. ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Nicolette J Pirrone - Schenectady, NY

“Met Larry around the age of 10, had a pretty strong bond of friends between the Randolph Rd to Ave A coridoor. Lots fun playing hide-n-seek to kick...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Jay Quinn - schenectady, NY

“Lawrence was one of the finest people I had the pleasure of knowing and teaching....gentle, charismatic, loving, brilliant, humble and sweet soul are...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: JoAnn Schietromo - Schenectady, NY

“When Regina told me about this, I couldn't believe it....Larry Holcomb......really....Larry......I'm sad for us all. There are no right words. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Trevor Pottala - Palmyra, VA

“Dr. Holcomb's Intro to Sociology class was the first class I had my freshman year at Gordon. He encouraged me to open my mind, think outside the...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah H - Wenham, MA - Student

“Robin (Holcomb) Upshur & family, My condolences are with the whole Holcomb family during this very difficult time. I did not know Larry...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacy Estela - Albany, NY

“Lawrence and I were colleagues at Gordon College for several years. We often ended up riding the commuter train together from North Station out to...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Meyer - Boston, MA

“Dr. Holcomb was a great professor and will be sorely missed! Both my husband and I were sociology majors at Gordon a few years ago and learned so...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Emilye - Bangor, ME

“I'll always remember Larry with a smile on his face and the fact that he was nice to everyone he met. My thoughts and prayers are with the Holcomb...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian Breslin - Scotia, NY

“I never had the privilege of having Dr. Holcomb in class, but I saw him speak a few times while at Gordon, and I read several of his articles and...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Amy - Gordon College Alum

“My prayers are with the family. He was one of my favorite professors at Gordon College. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa hardy - Former student

“I am truly sorry for your lost. Larry was a nice young man throughout our high school years. I remember we would be standing on the boulevard at...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Farmer - Greencastle, PA

“I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Holcomb's passing. Dr. Holcomb was a teacher who helped change my life through his classes and his teaching. I will...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana Peterson - Randolph, VT

“I was so upset to hear of your passing, Dr. H. Truly you were an inspiration to me at Gordon, singlehandedly prompting me to change my major to...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah Grimes - Berkeley, CA

“I was so saddened to hear of Larry's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Christina(Miranda) Wolfgang - CA

“Dr.Holcomb was such an inspiring and dynamic teacher, he had such a way with words and such a kind heart. His love of knowledge and of his students...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Sabriya - Boston, MA - student

“I watched Dr. H challenge each student in his classes to question and seek. His methods were intense and passionate. I don't believe that anyone left...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Tricia - Manitou Springs, CO

“I would always address my thoughtful caring colleague as Dr. Holcomb, his quiet and sincere presence will be remembered and treasured. My prayers to...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Agatha Tong - Boston, MA

“This news just breaks my heart. Dr. Holcomb was my favorite professor at Gordon, and I worked as a Teaching Assistant for him for several years. He...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Elena Ballam - Cary, NC

“Dr. Holcomb was my favorite professor at Gordon, and in the 8 years since I've met him, he had become my mentor. I always appreciated his guidance...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Anne Taylor - Boulder, CO

“Dr. Lawrence Holcomb taught me so much about humanity at large and about becoming the best version of myself I can be. I can truly say I would not be...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Ashley Higgins - Belfast, ME

“Dr. Holcomb was a favorite professor of mine and I greatly appreciate the investment he made in me as a teacher and advisor. I'm so sorry to hear of...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Kelly (Wenzel) garbarino - MA

“Larry was such a great guy. So sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayer go out to his friends and family. ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Melius - Niskayuna, NY

“Dr. Holcomb was an outstanding professor. I was only able to take one class with him (an intro to Sociology course), but it truly changed how I see...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Lauren Noyes - Newbury, MA

“I am so sad to hear of larrys passing. We attended Linton High School with me. He was a great guy. He will be truly missed. ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Aretha Jones - schenectady, NY

“There are never the right words to say at this very sad time. I grew up with Larry since elementary school straight thru high school.He always had a...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Trish Roes Harrington - NY

“On behalf of my whole family, we would like to express our sadness and sympathies and our offer of support from hearing of Lawrence's passing. I...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronald Cadieux - Schenectady, NY

“As I told you, dear Lawrence, you are a part of us. And now, part of us has gone with you. As you always wrote to me: Blessings friend. ”
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Kristine

“Larry's style and grace earned him the nickname "cool-breeze" among his close high-school mates. And while I'm not sure how things work, my feeling...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Zadoorian - Friend

“May the Holcomb family find comfort and peace in this difficult time. I remember Larry most for his humor and smile. A smile that could brighten up...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Nolin-Denison - NY

“RIP. I'll always remember leaving Jan Zadoorian's party driving the wrong way on Rt7....That was a close one! LOL ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Lita (Miano) Barnes - Schenectady, NY

“My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Larry's family and friends. Larry had a way of always making everyone feel special. ”
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Marie Greiner Borowski - NY

“I am truly sorry for your lost. Larry was a nice young throughout our high school years. I remember we would on the boulevard at Linton High School...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Farmer - Greencastle, PA

“Our hearts break for your family. We pray the angels of heaven guide him to his seat at Christ's table. ”
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Aaron and Aimee Tompkins - NY

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Dr. Lawrence (Larry) E. Holcomb, 48, a native of Schenectady, NY, died on Monday, April 21st. Dr. Holcomb was born on September 23, 1965 to Kingston and Belinda Holcomb. He was predeceased by his father and mother, who died in 1998 and 2006 respectively. He was a long time resident of Lynn, Massachusetts. Larry graduated from Linton High School in 1983, earned a B.S. from Gordon College (Wenham, MA) in 1987, and received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University (Boston, MA) in 2003, He was an assistant professor of Sociology at Gordon College for many years, and his exceptional intellect and thirst for knowledge were evident in his course instruction. He loved to encourage his students to develop ideas and curiosity about life, always challenging them to think beyond themselves and the obvious. Larry's work earned him recognition as an outstanding assistant professor. Larry was an avid reader and enjoyed writing articles and papers on various sociopolitical and cultural issues. He hosted his own blog, The American: Straight no Chaser, which was a medium to discuss current events. He loved the Boston Red Sox, movies, yoga, visits to Martha's Vineyard, and the company of his family and friends. Larry always was the life of the party. Larry also was a man of strong faith and studied the Bible. As a young man, he was affiliated with First Presbyterian Church, and more recently he attended Calvary Tabernacle, both in Schenectady, NY. To cherish his memory, Larry leaves his brother Kingston C. Holcomb (Diane) of Baltimore, MD; six sisters: Shiela H. Smith, of Wilmington, DE; Dr. Zelda J. Holcomb of Columbia, MD; Major (ret) Julia Holcomb, Robin H. Upshur (Frank), Octavia H. Tompkins (Alfred) all of Schenectady, NY; Susan K. Holcomb of Kingston, NY; and a host of nieces and nephews, great nephews and nieces, cousins, along with many loving friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 26th at 12 noon at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, NY. A visitation will precede the funeral service at the funeral home from 10am to 12 noon. Interment to follow in Park View Cemetery, Schenectady.