LarsonAllen Co-Founder, Rholan Larson, Dead at 86

Rholan Larson co-founder of Minneapolis-based LarsonAllen passed away on September 2, 2011 at the age of 86.

“That such a sweet man thrived in the cutthroat world of business is a testament to the way Larson treated people, Larson’s son, Bob Larson and current LarsonAllen CEO Gordon Viere said. “He had a tremendous amount of class,” says Viere. Larson and fellow founder John Allen founded, the now LarsonAllen in 1953. Bob Weishair joined the firm in 1957, forming Larson, Allen, Weishair and Co.

Larson’s life was not without challenges, Bob Larson says. More than 10 years ago, Larson fell asleep for a moment while he was driving his ailing first wife, Ruth, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and their car crashed. She died shortly thereafter. And his son, Mark, died in 2005 at age 46.

Larson served in the U.S. Army infantry in Europe during World War II and received several medals for his service. He is survived by his wife, Avis Bear Larson; a daughter, Judy Huritz; four sons, Bob Larson, Bill Larson, Tom Larson and Ronn Larson; two sisters, Bea Pearson and Shirley Larson; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.