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Obituary: Larry Kumm

Larry Kumm, age 93, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2013, in hospice after declining from Alzheimer's Disease. He left a legacy of accomplishments and generosity.

As a young man, he graduated from California Institute of Technology and worked in the aerospace industry designing rocket engines for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rocketdyne and turbines for Curtiss-Wright. For most of his career, he was a lead engineer at AiResearch in Phoenix. In the late 70s, he opened his own engineering enterprise, Kumm Industries, and was a consultant to NASA. Larry was "green" well before environmentalists coined the term. He designed energy efficient transmissions, solar heating and cooling systems and other energy conservation mechanical designs. Beyond his works, Larry was a devoted husband, humanist and believer in international understanding and cooperation. In his final years living in Prescott, he became an expert pool player and known as one of the sweetest guys at the Margaret T. Morris Center.

He is greatly missed and loved by his wife of 65 years, Bettie Kumm; his children, Karen and Keith; two grandsons; and close friends.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Article comment by: Andy Reti

Larry was my best friend. For 15 years, every Saturday morning, we hiked the hills of Hidden Valley . We discussed everything: the state of the world, metaphysics, books, investments, politics, and how this could be a better world. Both engineers, we shared a common language. Patient, generous, educated and well read, Larry was a wonderful friend. I will miss him tremendously. May he rest in peace.

Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Article comment by: Ethan Edwards

Larry was a terrific man! He and my father would hunker down in the corner after fellowship services and try to solve the worlds problems. Both highly trained engineers that had somewhat of their own language, but could easily break the concept down for the layman to understand without making you fee affected. Larry, you are a true credit to the human race! Say hi to my dad for me once you get across the rainbow bridge.

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