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Illinois Senate Honors Long Time ASSE Member William Larson

Posted in , on Mon, Nov 7, 2011

Longtime ASSE Member William Larson


7, 2011) –  The longest serving member of
the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Three Rivers chapter William
J. Larson P.E. was recently honored by members of the Illinois State Senate
with a memorial resolution on October 27th.

The resolution was sponsored by Illinois State Senator Linda
Holmes of Plainfield.

Larson who passed away on August 1st, 2011, had
been a dedicated safety professional for 65 years. He joined ASSE on May 1st,
1946. He was employed as a safety engineering supervisor at Argonne National
Laboratory, a multi-purpose facility in Lemont, IL, dedicated to researching
energy storage, renewable energy, environmental sustainability and national
security, until he retired in 1987.

His retirement however, did not keep him away from the
safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field.  He remained an active member of ASSE’s Three
Rivers Chapter, and in 1991, he was honored with the prestigious Charles V.
Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes members on a
national level for outstanding service to ASSE.

In addition, Larson received professional recognition from
the National Safety Council.

Larson was a lifelong resident of Joliet, IL, living there
for 75 years, until he and his wife relocated to The Holmstad Retirement
Community in Batavia.

He was a member of Joliet Township High School’s class of
1941, and was a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition,
Larson attended the University of Nebraska, the University of Michigan,
Michigan State University and the University of Chicago.

Larson is survived by his wife, Ruth Larson (nee Cannon);
son John P. Larson; daughter Barbara (Paul) Green; four grandchildren; 10 great
grandchildren; a great-great grandson and his sister Mary Lou (Rev. Robert)

ASSE’s Three Rivers chapter promotes the advancement
of the safety profession and development of its members in a region southwest
of Chicago. To fulfill its purpose, the chapter sponsors the Chicagoland Safety Conference, offers educational programs, publishes informative newsletters,
networks with local organizations, and conducts other activities that support
ASSE objectives.

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health
and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and
consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all
industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please
view ASSE’s ‘Celebrating a Century of Safety’ video at

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