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Lawrence W. Clarkson

April 29, 1938 - October 31, 2020

Lawrence W. “Larry” Clarkson, 82, of Leicester, NC died Saturday, October 31, 2020 in East Flat Rock, NC following a four-month illness.  Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Harold and Jean Jaxtheimer Clarkson.  A US Air Force Captain, he received his BA from DePauw University and his JD from the University of Florida.  In 1999 he retired from the Boeing Corp where he was Senior Vice President.  He also served as president of Boeing Enterprises and president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Jet Engine Division.  He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia.

An accomplished businessman both nationally and internationally, Larry’s career included serving as Chairman for several organizations including the US Pacific Basin Economic Council and the National Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation; Chairman and vice-chairman of the National Bureau of Asian Research; the Seattle Opera and Interlochen Center for the Arts; DePauw University (Board of Trustees); Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Board of Trustees); and the Board of Overseers for Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College.

Larry was an ardent fan and patron of the arts, boating and international travel.  He was passionate about his family, friends, faith and mentoring others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Michael W. Clarkson (1961-2011) and a daughter Elizabeth Clarkson Snipes (1963-2016).  Surviving are, his wife of 60 years, Barbara Stevenson Clarkson; a daughter Jennifer Clarkson Soster and spouse Frederick M. Soster of Leicester, NC; grandchildren Erica L. Soster; Frederick L. Soster; James R. Askew, Jr., Tyler L. Askew, and Isabella Grace Snipes; a great-grandson Tyler L. “TJ” Askew; two sisters Ann Clarkson Turpin of Silver Springs, Maryland and Julie Clarkson Wittman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and three brothers John G. Clarkson of Boone, NC; Charles E. Clarkson of Arlington, Virginia; and Robert W. Clarkson of Jacksonville, Fla.

A memorial service will be planned for Spring of 2021 at St James Episcopal Church in Marietta, Georgia.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the St. James Episcopal Church Music Fund, 161 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

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