Lawrence L. Ladin |

Lawrence L. Ladin

Lawrence L. Ladin was born on July 1, 1929 and died November 3, 2016. He was born to Jacob H. Ladin and Mildred (Kelner) Ladin in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1941, the family moved from Toronto to Des Moines, Iowa when Larry’s father took over Capitol City Woolen Mills, which was then busily making military uniforms and warm clothing for American soldiers in World War II. As the son of Eastern European immigrants, Larry was proud to be the first in the family to graduate from college, attending the University of Chicago and graduating from the University of Minnesota. After university, Larry served in the United States Marine Corps. Later, he joined his father at Capitol City Woolen Mills, modernizing the plant into a state-of-the-art textile manufacturing factory, employing hundreds of Des Moinesians. In the 1970s, Larry and his father created Compressor Controls Corporation, a pioneer in computer-controlled energy efficient pipeline controls that brought high tech manufacturing to Des Moines. Larry was a member of the Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission, President of the Des Moines Chapter of the Sierra Club and very involved at Temple B’nai Jeshurun. He also hosted documentaries on Native American history on local public television, which highlighted the proud traditions of, and injustices to, Native Americans.

In the 1980’s, Larry, an avid skier and outdoorsman, moved to Aspen, Colorado. He served as president of the Aspen Writer’s Foundation, which he took over as the near bankrupt organization and made it a prominent part of the Aspen cultural scene (now affiliated with the Aspen Institute). He wrote and published widely in newspapers and magazines on business, travel and history. As an active member of the Jewish Congregation of Aspen he helped established their reading program. He also organized and lead annual classes and writers workshops in Florence, Italy and introduced the Friends of Florence Seminars to Aspen (also in conjunction with the Aspen Institute).

He is survived by his longtime loving companion, Anneliese Chumley of Aspen; sons, Edward of Menlo Park, California and Stephen (Hillary) of Durango, Colorado; four grandchildren, Asher, Raquel, William and Grace; and two sisters, Dr. Mary Jane Liebman of NYC and Elaine Ladin Steinger of Clive, Iowa. He is also survived by three nieces, Jessica Liebman (Charlie Whitehead) of NYC, Kate Liebman (Jonathan Moskowitz) of NYC and Shayna Rebecca Steinger of Clive; and two grand nephews, Jack and Asher Moskowitz of NYC.

Larry will missed by his family and friends in Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, California, New York, Canada and around the country.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 11 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue of Des Moines, IA followed by burial at Jewish Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Aspen Words 110 East Hallam Street Ste 116, Aspen, CO 81611

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