Larry Lowenthal slipped quietly away from life at home on March 12, 2020. Born in New York City on March 1, 1940, he earned a Masters from Yale, and spent his whole life in pursuit of his two passions, nature and history. During his 30 year career with the National Park Service, he worked as Assistant Superintendent of Springfield Armory beginning in 1979 and continuing for a number of years. Even when he transferred to the NPS planning office in Boston, he continued to work from an office at the Armory. During his many years in Springfield, he assisted on numerous local projects on a volunteer basis. He was a prolific author of books on a variety of history subjects, including portions of Springfield Fights the Civil War
, and several books on transportation subjects, locally best-known of which is Titanic Railroad: the Story of New England’s Last Great Railroad War
. He remained engaged in history writing to the very end of his life, completing A Yankee Regiment in Confederate Louisiana
for spring release by Louisiana University Press, a book that arose from work he had been doing for the Springfield Museum website.
Larry loved the outdoors, hiking and exploring in the woods, walking old roads and abandoned railroad beds. He loved classical music and was a season ticket holder and supporter of Springfield Symphony for many years.
Larry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Koren (Kitty) of Brimfield, his son Isaac (and partner Yasmin) of Boston, daughter Eleanor (and partner Caleb) of Woodstock VT, goddaughter Andrea Caluori of Ashfield MA and brother Roy Lowenthal of Virginia Beach VA. Burial was in New Jersey. Varnum Funeral Home handled arrangements, and a fuller obituary can be found on their website, varnumfuneralhome.com
. A memorial gathering will be held later this year, date to be announced.