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Loyola mourns the passing of alumnus Lawrence McGarrell, S.J.

January 11, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans community mourns the loss of the Rev. Lawrence McGarrell, S.J., an illustrious alumnus of the College of Music and Fine Arts who passed away Dec. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 65. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Cathedral in Hiroshima, Japan, on Dec. 31.

A native of Indiana, McGarrell completed his novitiate and undergraduate studies at Loyola University New Orleans. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1965 before moving to Japan in 1972. After two years of language study, he was ordained as a priest by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 25, 1981.

McGarrell spent 40 years residing in Japan and began teaching at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima in 1978. He became an associate professor in 1986 and advanced to full professor in 1995. In 1994, McGarrell became a member of the Elisabeth University Administrative Board and was later appointed dean of the music faculty in 1998. He served as university president from 2000-2005 and as chancellor from 2005-2011 before being honored as professor emeritus. He was transcribed to the Japanese Province in 1985.

According to Anthony Decuir, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts, McGarrell was an invaluable educator.

"Larry was a very kind, thoughtful and calm individual," Decuir said. "His calm demeanor and attention to details gained for him the respect of all the people he worked with."

Larry is survived by his sister Vikki and his brothers, Matt, Tony and Andy, as well as by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Letters of sympathy may be sent to Andy McGarrell at 4316 Jackson St., Hollywood, Fla. 33021 or andymcgarrell@aol.com.

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