Alumni Profiles    
   
 

 

Dean Larrick, '53
    
Marlowe Sherwood Memorial Service Award, 2009


In her nomination letter, Dorothy Harper Watson, ’52, wrote, “Dean Larrick is the best of what we lived and learned at Park…He enriches the lives of others quietly, with no fanfare, and with no expectation of reward.” 

Larrick’s professional career was spent in human resources management, specializing in recruitment and staffing. Over a period of 30 years he served with the Department of the Army, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Personnel Management. He advanced to the Senior Executive Service (highest career service ranking), serving as the director of the Washington, D.C. area office, managing a staff of 300, and director of staffing operations, overseeing the federal career service recruiting and examining system. After leaving Park, he earned a master’s degree in political science from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

Larrick “has demonstrated throughout his adult life his ability to recognize people in need and to help them,” Watson said. Before and after retirement, he has been an active volunteer in his community and church. He has been active in Boy Scouts as a scoutmaster, merit badge counselor and camp leader. He taught Sunday school and served as church deacon in Virginia.

Now a resident of Columbia, Mo., Larrick provides his services to the mid-Missouri area. He has served as president and on the board of directors for the Boone County (Mo.) Council on Aging; and president of the Advisory Council, Retired Senior Volunteer Program for Boone County. Currently, he volunteers at two cancer clinics at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and writes articles for the RSVP Program (connecting seniors with volunteer needs); serves on the RSVP Advisory Council; sorts clothes at a local clothing closet and is a pen pal for two third graders at an inner-city school. He volunteers with Rainbow House’s blood drives, AIDS Outreach, United Way, officiates at the Show-Me State Games and coordinates “55 Alive” driver safety programs.

In his list of volunteer jobs and accomplishments, it is apparent that Larrick chooses to be closely involved with those he helps. His friends share stories where he unexpectedly stepped in as the “best man” in a hospital wedding, took a patient from the Veteran’s Hospital on a fishing trip, winterized homes and assisted low-income seniors with Christmas shopping.

Between all his community activities, Larrick enjoys painting. He has won numerous art show prizes and is experiencing commercial success. Even in the art world, he combines his management skills with his natural tendency to help others. In addition to exhibiting his work with the Columbia Art League, he helps the organization by coordinating community art exhibits. Larrick’s devotion to community service has been recognized by others. Among his awards, he has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Service Award from the Missouri Services Community and RSVP’s Jane Brinton Award “for service and advocacy on behalf of older adults” in 2007.

Larrick and his spouse, Charlotte, have been married for 46 years. They have two children, Rick and Lee Anne, and two granddaughters.