Dr. Leonard Laster

1928 ∼ 2020

Jonathan Heimberg of Lunenburg, MA wrote:

Dear Laster-Little Family: Thinking of you at this time of loss and sadness of the family patriarch. May you be comforted among the mourners of Israel and Zion.

Joe Pedlosky of Falmouth, MA wrote:

What a kind, witty and erudite man Len was. A rare type. The world was a better place for his presence and he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy.

Janet and Tony Quattrochi of Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 wrote:

Len will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We especially will remember Len for his intellect and creative humor. His love for his family, especially for his four grandchildren, was very special, a gift that will live on in their lives. We look forward to celebrating the Len's life with the family in the near future.

Lisa Rosen of Montclair, NJ wrote:

I send heartfelt condolences to the entire Laster family. I have wonderful memories of Dr. and Mrs. Laster’s generosity hosting me on multiple trips to Woods Hole. Dr. Laster was an inspirational leader in the field of science, his community and a warm and loving family man. He will be missed.

Lisa Rosen of Montclair, NJ wrote:

I send heartfelt condolences to the entire Laster family. I have wonderful memories of Dr. and Mrs. Laster’s generosity hosting me on multiple trips to Woods Hole. Dr. Laster was an inspirational leader in the field of science, his community and a warm and loving family man. He will be missed.

Jackie of West Falmouth wrote:

Dear Family, Sharing in your loss and sorrow...and wanting to add an anecdote-to-share-with-you. Many's the time I waited on Dr. and Mrs. Laster at various restaurants in Falmouth; however, I had No Idea of his Prominence until I read this lovely tribute to him...I was always struck, though, by his smile and humor - No "Airs" whatsoever - as he'd ask for "the Toxic tapwater" as his beverage. A gentleman-in-all-respects, as is his wife, a lovely lady. I am grateful for His example of True Camaraderie shared, just as I admire him for his Accomplishments. We are All "consequential strangers"; i.e., of more consequence-to-each-other than we sometimes know. May you be comforted in some way from what I have expressed.

Kitty Brown of E. Falmouth, MA wrote:

I send my sincere condolences to the Laster family. Although I did not have the privilege to know Dr. Laster on a personal level, during the few times we spoke, I felt his welcoming warmth and focused interest in the conversation. Dearest Ruth Ann, I send my most heartfelt support and love. May the entire Laster family find peace, joy and solace in his memory.

Marie Fusaro-Davis of Worcester, MA wrote:

Truly a remarkable human being...blessings to you all.

Ann and Mead Wyman of Lexington MASS wrote:

What a wonderful man - full of the joy of life and delight in his fellows. We enjoyed his acting skills and welcomes to us in Woods Hole. Our deepest sympathy to Ruth Ann and his children and grandchildren.

Diane and Joe Maranchie of Falmouth MA wrote:

I never knew about his extremely impressive background. I only knew him as one of the nicest men I ever had the pleasure of knowing. My sympathy to Ruth Ann and their children.

Marlys and Don Girard of Lake Oswego, Oregon 97935 wrote:

Our most respectful condolences to Ms Ruthann Laster and family. Dr. Laster was a true pioneer in our state and nationally. He relentlessly planned, developed and implemented tthe Oregon Health & Science University. Through his visionary efforts, the Health Sciences University has become a national and international leader. With Ruthann by his side, as his advisor and constant best friend, he carved a path for our state at a national level, that cemented its stature. Thank you Dr. Laster and Ms Ruthann Laster for your laser focus on the trek that brought the very best in research, patient care and service to Oregon. With the utmost respect, Marlys and Don Girard

Katherine & Brian Duckworth of WEST ROXBURY, MA wrote:

Our deepest sympathies to your family. A truly remarkable man.

Tania Medeiros of Somerville, MA wrote:

Dr. Laster will always hold a special place in my heart and I am better having known him and his wonderful wife and family.

Howard D. Dorfman, M.D. of New York, N.Y. wrote:

Leonard and I were classmates and friendly rivals in the Class of ‘44 at BHSS because our ages exactly coincided, and I soon came to admire his remarkable intellect and drive to excel.

Howard D. Dorfman, M.D. of New York, N.Y. wrote:

Leonard and I became friendly rivals because our birthdays exactly coincided. I very much admired his intellect and his drive to excel.

John Willson of Bedford, MA wrote:

Dear Ruth Ann --- So sorry to hear about Len's death, I missed the announcement until now. What a guy, so accomplished and distinguished yet so approachable, funny and endearing. I miss him terribly.

Irene Fairley of Belmont, MA wrote:

I will remember Len fondly for his spirited involvement in courses at HILR. My heartfelt condolences to the family and especially to Ruth Ann.