Larry Struve Obituary, Death- The Nevada Debate Union bids a fond farewell to one of its finest alumni and supporters with deep sorrow. On April 15, 23, Larry Struve went away on a Saturday. We had all seen his contagious smile earlier in the day at a special graduation ceremony for his grandson Quinn.
Larry graduated with a degree in political science from The University of Nevada, Reno in 1964. He later went on to Tufts University for his master’s degree and the University of California, Berkeley for his J.D. He served as the president of the alumni council at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped lead the effort to restore Morrill Hall. He also served as the president of the Friends of the University Library and worked to create an endowment with the university foundation to support the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
Awarded the Santini Cup for community service in 2012, Larry’s experiences inspired him to establish the Griffin/Santini Endowment Fund to help the University’s forensics department. In order to promote scholarships and teaching awards in The College of Business, he also established two endowments at the University Foundation. He held the positions of chief deputy, legal clerk, civil deputy district attorney for Washoe County, and counsel to the county commission during his professional tenure.
He was also a member of the State Public Works Board and the president of the Washoe County Bar Association. He represented a number of religious organizations in the Nevada Legislature for eleven years and chronicled his experiences in the book “A Humble Walk for Justice.” His second book, “Building Trust in Government: Governor Richard H. Bryan’s Pursuit of the Common Good,” includes many of the experiences he had while serving in Governor Bryan’s Executive Cabinet.
When Colleen Quinn, Larry’s wife of 51 years, passed away in 2019, he became a widower and lived in Reno. The Struve Family Art of Leadership Achievement Award Endowment at the University was established in 2020 in honor of her. Two daughters and five grandchildren were born to them. Their grandson Quinn is a member of the University’s Class of 2023, and their daughter Heidi is a graduate of the institution.