Dr. Larned "Larry" Brown Asprey passed away two weeks before his 86th birthday at home in Mesilla Park, NM, early Sunday morning, (March 6, 2005), surrounded by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret "Marge" Asprey; his seven children: Pete Asprey of Livermore, CA, Betty Strietelmeier of Los Alamos, NM, Barbara Asprey of Conifer, CO, Bob Asprey of Las Cruces, NM (and Huntsville, AL), Peggy Asprey of Los Altos, CA, Tom Asprey of Boulder, CO, and Bill Asprey of Alamagordo, NM; and numerous grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Winifred Asprey of Vassar at Poughkeepsie, NY; and a brother, Robert B. Asprey of Sarasota, FL. Like everything else in his life, Larry did it his way. He was one of the best dads, grandpas, and husbands ever. Larry was born on March 19, 1919 in Sioux City, IA. His distinguished career began in Chicago with the Army on the Manhattan Project (which developed the Atom Bomb, ending World War II). He then earned his Doctorate in chemistry at Berkeley and spent the next 35 years as a research chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. There he worked on Actinide, Fluoride, and Rare Earth (among many other) elements. He spent one year in 1981-82 as a visiting scientist with the European Community in Karlsruhe, Germany. After retiring from LANL he volunteered as an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University. Ever the scientist, he has donated his body to the University of New Mexico Medical School. Per his request, in lieu of flowers or a memorial service, donations may be sent to the Larry Asprey Scholarship Fund at New Mexico State University (Checks should be made out to "NMSU Foundation" and sent to: The NMSU Foundation, In memory of Larry Asprey, PO Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003). The family will gather in Las Cruces later this month on what would have been his 86th birthday to remember and celebrate the life of a wonderful person.
Published on: Fri March 11, 2005