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Larry F. Smalley

Company L-2

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Houston, TX

Body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Larry Smalley, on 28 April in Houston, TX, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 

Larry is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son Stephen and daughter Jennifer Whittenbery, stepsons William and Chris Wesolic and Stepdaughter Jennifer Smith.  Grandchildren include Somya and Saaya Smalley, Kate Whittenberg, Chris, Courtney and Mackenzie Smith, and Ali, Emily and Colby Wesolic. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017 at Second Baptist Church of Houston in the Hankamer Chapel, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX  77057.  

Larry donated his body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

Condolences may be sent to Kathleen at 12800 Briar Forest Drive, Unit 183, Houston, TX  77077-2212. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Larry’s memory be made to CAPS (Citizens for Animal Protection), 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX  77094. 

Well done, Larry.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\L-2 Larry Smalley.pdf

My deepest condolences on Larry's passing to the life hereafter. He was an All American . It was a privilege and honor to have known him as a classmate and a friend. We traveled to Europe on Space Available in the summer of 1960 and made many trips as cadets between the Cincinnati Dayton area to West Point on USAF flights out of Wright Pat AFB and by car. After graduation, we drove together to the Engineer Officer's Basic course at Ft. Belvoir in the D.C. area and flew together in RVN on a number of his trips to check construction sites for the Joint Chiefs in D.C. He was a man of great integrity and honor. He cannot be replaced - a very special person.

Dan Halpin USMA '61
Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering
Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN


Taps Memorial Article:

Larry F. Smalley  1961

Cullum No. 23387-1961 | April 28, 2017 | Died in Houston, TX

Body donated to science.

Larry Francis Smalley was born in Celina, OH on September 4, 1939 but was raised in Dayton, OH by his parents Francis and Marjorie Smalley. His father was in charge of constructing runways and related facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Field. Observing this important work was instrumental in Larry’s subsequent decision to join the Army Corps of Engineers when he entered the Regular Army.

Upon graduation from high school he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, joining the Class of 1961. At West Point, Larry was a model cadet. He had no difficulty surmounting the rigorous athletic, academic and mental challenges encountered at the Academy, graduating in the top 20 percent of his class. He enjoyed teaching Sunday School to Army children, as well as marching in the West Point Color Guard as a sophomore. His outstanding leadership potential was recognized early on, and he was selected to be a cadet captain and commander of his cadet company his senior year.

He graduated from West Point in June 1961 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his first year of active duty he completed the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, VA, followed by graduation from both the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne schools. Next came an assignment to Korea as a platoon leader and battalion adjutant. Following his Korea tour the Army selected Larry for advanced civil schooling at the Ohio State University. He graduated in 1965 with a master’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in photogrammetry.

His next assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington, DC, where he was appointed the Chief of Engineers’ liaison officer to Southeast Asia. His duties required periodic visits to engineer units in Vietnam, Thailand, and Taiwan to collect information about the successes and the difficulties experienced by these units. He would then brief senior members of the Army Staff and the Chief of Engineers on his observations. His next tour of duty was to the Corps of Engineers’ district office in Savannah, GA, where he served as a federal contracting officer and chairman of the Claims Committee. He was able to effectively apply the engineering concepts learned at Ohio State in this assignment. Following his tour in Savannah he was posted to Vietnam, where he joined the USARV HQ Staff at Long Binh, becoming the deputy chief of design. This position allowed him to participate in the design of many different structures throughout the country.

In the summer of 1970, as he was leaving Vietnam, Larry decided to leave the Army and become a consulting engineer. He retired from his consulting position in May 2010 after 40 years of work in water and wastewater engineering. His specialties included the design and construction of treatment plants, pump stations and pipelines for municipalities. While he was recognized as excelling in these responsibilities, Larry’s most fulfilling activities was mentoring the newly graduated engineers that would join the firm each year.

Larry remained very active in his retirement. He loved to work with tools and he was passionate about remodeling. No project was too small or too large for him to tackle. A hobby he thoroughly enjoyed, which also displayed his perfectionism was constructing a salt water aquarium in which he cared for 400 lbs. of live reef rocks and many varieties of fish, coral and other ocean species. Larry’s lifelong love though was being a witness for the Lord, always participating in the church by leading bible studies for young men and women starting from his high school days, through his time at West Point, and during his time in the Army. He continued to participate in bible studies at his church in Houston, TX during his retirement years, volunteering as a group leader, conducting hospital visitations and manning phones in the prayer room.

Perhaps Larry’s most powerful legacy is the indelible impact he made on his grandchildren. They filled him with joy and laughter, and he, in return, poured into them wisdom and love. Larry was a humble man who lived a life of exemplary character that inspired all those who knew him well. Throughout his life he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to those valued principles that are found in the West Point motto: Duty, Honor, Country.

— Harry G. Rennagel, classmate