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Gerald Tyson Larue ’50

Gerald Tyson Larue ’50, of sepsis, June 24, 1999, in San Francisco. After graduating from Reed, he moved his family to El Cerrito and El Sobrante, California. He wrote advertising copy for a San Francisco heating company. Later, he founded his own display advertising company with his brother-in-law. He subsequently wrote print and radio ad copy for two other San Francisco advertising companies. A cofounder of the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond and the Claypipers summer stock theatre, he wrote and performed melodramas in the Gold Country community of Drytown. In 1967, he tried professional theater, appearing in a production of Philadelphia Here I Come. Later, he spent 25 years as a bartender at Harrington’s in San Francisco; his poetry and wit were frequently quoted by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen. In the past year, he wrote a book about his wartime experience as a U.S. Army paratrooper and recipient of a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for his involvement in the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include four children, a sister, two nieces, and six grandsons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1999

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