In Memory of Wayne Larson

CARLTON WAYNE LARSON of Ripon, Wisconsin, a professor of mathematics and computer science at Ripon College from 1955 to 1989, died June 27, 2023. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell College and earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was an instructor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering from 1950-1955.


At Ripon, he was chairman of the mathematics department, received the May Bumby Severy, Class of 1908, Award in 1966 and 1986, and was a charter member of Partners in the Legacy. He was a pioneer in the use of computers and introduced them to the classroom at very early stages of their development. Along with Edwin Comfort, professor emeritus of mathematics, he established the Edwin Comfort-Wayne Larson Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Fund.


He loved all card games, especially duplicate bridge, and had attained Life Master status. He also enjoyed reading, playing flute, piano and organ, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. He was a member of First Congregational Church of Ripon.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Ripon. Visitation and luncheon will follow the service. Interment will take place at a later date at Forest City Cemetery in Forest City, Iowa.


Memorial gifts may be directed to the Ripon College Advancement Office or First Congregational Church of Ripon.

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