CORSON, Lawrence “Larry” Michael, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 16th, with the love and support of his family, including his wife Rebecca and his two children.
Larry was born in Miami Valley Hospital to parents Herbert Franklin Corson and Janiece White Corson, and he grew up in Washington Township, a source of great pleasure for him. He was a Centerville High School graduate before receiving his Bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, and his Masters of Literature in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. While pursuing a PhD in philosophy at SUNY Buffalo, he decided that a life spent in academia was not for him, and he returned to his beloved Ohio. Larry went to work for his Dad at the family business as the manager of Skateworld of Kettering before going on to co-found DayProm Computers, one of the first ever companies to sell personal computers. He spent 14 years working in multifamily commercial real estate before he discovered what he really wanted to be when he grew up…retired!
In December of 2011 Larry married Rebecca Curtis Corson. Becca and Larry shared a love of traveling (The Galapagos! Scotland! Argentina! Savannah! The Grand Canyon! Chicago! Maine! Florida!). They also shared a love of sailing, towing their sailboat between Ft. Myers Beach and Indian Lake. Larry was an excellent skipper, inspiring confidence and immediate action in his crew and passengers. An avid reader with an impressive memory, Larry relished philosophical discussions as well as spirited games of trivia. Larry enjoyed to the full the fruits of the earth, especially the products of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes grown in France! He was an enthusiastic and methodical bread baker, and made the best pizza in town!
Music was an important part of Larry’s life. While he was in college, he was a roadie for the Lemon Pipers, and he amassed quite a collection of classic rock and roll albums, reserving a place of honor in his heart for The Beatles. Later in life he developed a love of classical music, with WDPR providing a beautiful backdrop to his days. He even learned to enjoy opera (Becca was careful in how she introduced it to him!).
Larry felt strongly that he had an obligation to give back to his community. Over the years he gave of both his time and his treasure to St. Vincent’s, to various food banks, to Culture Works, and to The Dayton Foundation.
Larry loved watching Formula One and Indy car racing, and he loved to drive. He took great pleasure in finding winding scenic roads, enjoying the flow and challenge of the drive. These past five years were a time of struggle for Larry as he fought cancers, surgical errors, and illness, but his days were characterized by humor and gratitude. He loved his life, his family, and his community. Every day he said, “I am the luckiest man alive!” We were all lucky to know him.
Larry is survived by his wife Rebecca, his children Amy and David (Andreia), his brother Rick (Suzanne) and sister Sandy, niece Lyndsay, and his two great-nephews Rian and Kyler.
A public visitation with family will be held from 2:00-3:00 PM at Routsong of Kettering, 2100 E Stroop Rd. There will be a service immediately following. The family would like to extend deepest thanks to the staff and volunteers at Hospice of Dayton who made Larry’s last days comfortable. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Dayton.