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Kirkwood, Larry Thomas 1943-2012


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Date: 1/11/2018 at 12:36:56

Larry Thomas Kirkwood
1943 - 2012

Larry Thomas Kirkwood, son of Thomas and Frances (Sherwood) Kirkwood, was born October 4, 1943 in Knoxville. He attended the Knoxville schools, graduating with the Class of 1961. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City majoring in Philosophy. Larry received his master thesis at the University of Kansas with Aesthetics the Philosophy of Art.

Larry lived in Kansas City and later moved his studio to Florida and served as lecturer at the Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. In 1975, Larry was listed in Who's Who in American Art. He was also listed with honors in the International Who's Who in Cambridge, England. Larry taught silk screening in Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Larry returned to Kansas City in 1991 to pursue his art career, this time creating a program of body imaging. He traveled throughout the United States, taking his works to colleges and universities, working with the art students and lecturing. His program of body imaging developed into a self-help program called: Love your body and to be the best you can be as you are. His program was well accepted by both faculty and students and was invited to make return programs.

Larry was a lover of life. He had a ready smile and made friends easily. His heart was tender for animals and he had a pet since being a small boy.

Larry's health began to fail in March of 2011. He developed COPD with complications. He put up a brave battle each day and showed his appreciation for those who cared for him at Griffin Care Center where he was a resident and where he passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Kirkwood.

Left to honor his memory is his mother, Frances Kirkwood of Knoxville; his aunts, Martha Shivvers, Nora Lee Ingle and Charlene Kirkwood; and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville, with Pastors Lane Riggle, Brent Hanna and Cean Wilson officiating. Burial will follow services at Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville.

Visitation for Larry will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 20, at the Winfield Funeral Home. Larry's family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of Central Iowa or Knoxville Dollars for Scholars. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.
~ The Des Moines (IA) Register Wed 19 Sept 2012


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