I had the privilege of teaching under Larry's leadership at McIlveigh and at Gault Junior High Schools. Larry had the gift of defusing a situation before it got out of hand. His philosophy of taking care of the small things and the big things will be avoided worked. As a fellow staff member already mentioned Larry always came to our rooms before school to see how things were going. He also was in the main hall between classes. He would greet the students by name and give some positive comment.
He always came to the school concerts (and one Christmas he came as Santa Claus ... to the delight of everyone. Yes, I have pictures!). He came to games and other school events.
The past few years I had the joy of visiting Larry and taking him on occasion to his grand daughter's concerts at PLU and her school concerts at her first job as an elementary music teacher.
I will miss the breakfasts we shared with two other retired educators.
The world is a richer place because of the influence of Larry DiPalma. Rest in peace, my friend.
Friday September 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm