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Laurence N Rodland
03/23/1943 — 05/30/2012
From Richland, WA, USA | Born in Buffalo, NY
Laurence N Rodland
Laurence N. Rodland passed away on May 30th, 2012 in Richland WA. Larry was born to Louis and Norma Rodland in Buffalo, New York on March 23rd, 1943, and graduated in 1967 from Clarkson College in Potsdam NY. During his military service at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland he met Karin Norlin, and they were married May 29th, 1970. Larry is survived by Karin and their sons David Laurence Rodland and Matthew James Rodland, and by his two younger brothers, Terrence and Ray Rodland. Larry had a rich and varied career as a power systems engineer. He worked for Niagara Mohawk in Syracuse, New York from 1970-1978, and contributed to the design of the Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant and its associated infrastructure. He joined the US Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Branch in Portland Oregon in 1978, and remained with them for 25 years until his retirement in 2003. Larry contributed to the design of the Bonneville Dam Power Plant #2, and worked on numerous other hydroelectric projects throughout the Northwest and the Southeast. Larry was very active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE, serving as Chair of the Syracuse Section from 1974-1976, participating actively in standards committees and working groups, and contributing to the organization of regional meetings. Larry and Karin moved to Richland in 2001 as a result of her career move to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Larry closed his career with the Corps of Engineers with service at McNary Dam, working on power plant modernization. Although Larry and Karin were divorced in 2004, they remained close friends, and took pride in their partnership in raising David and Matthew. Larry was an exceptional father, providing his sons a constant source of love and support. He was an anchor and role model to all in his family. Retirement gave Larry the opportunity to focus on gardening, yard work and other projects. He was active in the Country Ridge Homeowners Association as greenskeeper and water master, and was always ready to assist his neighbors. Larry was particularly fond of shared family time on the coast in Seaside, Oregon. A memorial celebration of Larry's life will be held on Monday June 11th at 3:00 pm in Memories at Sunset Event Center, located behind Einan's Funeral Home, 915 By-pass Highway in Richland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Thank you for your company, lunches, irrigation repairs and all you did for Country Ridge. You will be missed. My condolences to you Dave, Matthew and Karin.
We extend our condolences to Karin, David & Matthew. We pray that Larry now rests in Peace. We didn’t see much of Larry when he lived in Liverpool, NY but Mike did see him at work Niagara Mohawk. Larry was a “good guy” and he will be missed.
I have only just met Larry a short time agao but Karin has shared many fond memories of her family times with me. My sincere condolences to Karin and sons.
Thanks Larry for all your help when I was your neighbor. It was very handy having your tools and advice when I needed them. Also thanks for all the lunches and family events we shared. I’ll miss you.
Karin, Matthew and David, my sincere condolences. Larry was a good man and will be missed.
Sincerely, Kim Webb
Larry was an excellent father, the paragon of honesty and integrity, critical thinking and problem solving. Together, Larry and Karin taught us what it meant to be a family, and showed us what love truly meant. While we all went our separate ways as we grew older, and no longer live together, we were all knit by common bonds of love and family.
There is no stronger testimony to his legacy than this: his family stands here together today, as proud of him as he was of each of us. But his work surrounds us and supports us, in everything we do. The lights are on, and the A/C, traffic signals continue as they always do, there is power at the hospital, maintaining life support for those who need it, electricity flows across this state, and many others, maintaining lines of communication, research, finance, and countless subtitled photographs of kittens. The power is on, and this is his legacy.