Member News: Lawrence A. Bock, In Memoriam, 1959 – 2016

With great sadness the Presidents’ Circle announces the loss of member Larry Bock. A Presidents’ Circle member since 2013, Larry has been a great friend to the Academies and science and engineering as a whole. Larry led an inspiring and dedicated life devoted to educating our next generation of students to pursue STEM careers. In 2008 he founded the USA Science and Engineering Festival; today, it is the nation’s largest science festival. In addition to founding the Festival, Larry was a successful serial entrepreneur who founded, cofounded or financed the early stage growth of 40 companies in the life and physical sciences from inception to achieving an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $60 Billion.

Fellow Presidents’ Circle member Josh Wolfe wrote a moving tribute to Larry that can be read in full here. It begins:

bock“Larry Bock: Our inimitable friend, partner, mentor, comrade, venture partner, lover of silly and campy movies, teller of tall tales (all true), prankster extraordinaire, business sage, admirable model husband and father to incomparable wife Diane, amazingly talented and thoughtful daughters Quincy and Tasha, generous philanthropist, founder of the world’s largest science festival and creator, founder or early funder of unbelievably more than 40 companies, hiring thousands of talented scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, creating new niches in new industries and new products that have touched millions has — after a tough 13 month fight against pancreatic cancer — as his wife said with enviable poise and beautiful strength and grace: “decided to head on out — he set sail yesterday afternoon”.”

-Josh Wolfe

Read more about Larry’s moving life: Memorial Statement from the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Los Angeles Times article, Josh Wolfe’s tribute and Larry’s Presidents’ Circle Member Interview – “Larry Bock: Celebrating Science!”.