In Memory

Larry Kesler

Larry was born on March 9, 1951 and died on August 26, 1995.

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04/05/09 03:34 PM #1    

Beth Simpson (Huddleston)

Jackie Bendrick (Boyd) sent this to me. It details such an amazing life. I thought others would want to see it.

KESLER, Larry Michael, 44, a graphic designer who was a native of Floyd County, died on August 26 at the Hospice of Washington. Mr. Kesler had lived in Washington since 1988, when he established the Washington office of Douglas Harding Group, an international design firm in Houston, Texas. He was founding partner and vice president of the firm. Prior to that he was vice president and design director of the Graphics Division of 3D/International, an international architectural and management firm based in Houston. Mr. Kesler graduated from Floyd County High School in 1969 and went on to graduate from Ferrum College, Ferrum, and the American University, Washington, D.C. He received a Master's Degree in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills Michigan, and also studied at the Corcoran School of Art and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. A member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, Mr. Kesler specialized in the design of corporate identity programs, architectural signage and way finding systems, and exhibitions. While much of his work was for corporate clients or sites in Texas, such as the Texas Medical Center campus, he worked on projects in half a dozen states and a number of foreign countries. Overseas projects included pavilions at the World Fair in Australia, a military academy in Saudi Arabia, an urban development in Singapore, and a trade center in Malaysia. In the early 1970s, Mr. Kesler worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, where he assisted in the installation of some 60 museum exhibitions. While at Cranbrook he also worked on numerous museum installations. After graduating from American University, Mr. Kesler was assistant to the director of a private art gallery in Washington. After graduating from Cranbrook, he worked for the architectural firm of Swanke Hayden Connell in New York City, later moving to Houston to join the architectural firm of Caudill Rowlett Scott as graphic designer. Survivors include his mother, Sadie Benn, Alexandria; father, Leo. E. Kesler, Newport News; grandparents, Evelyn Shank, Check, and Mr. and Mrs. D. Hatcher Kesler, Salem; brother, Rodney L. Kesler, Check; and half-sisters, Christina K. Cleary, Newport News, and Joylene L. Chappell, Seaford. A memorial service will be held on October 7 at 5 p.m. at the American University chapel. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)

07/17/09 02:26 PM #2    

Dorma Morgan (Yeatts)

I always knew that Larry was a smart guy. In the short time of his life, he accomplished so much. Larry was such a genuine person and was so focused on learning throughout his school years. We will miss you at our 40th reunion.

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