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Calvin Larson, Fairfax County lawyer and civic activist, loses at 96


He was a civic activist and was one of the people who lived in the early 50 years as Reston, Va’s ‘new town’, where he founded the Reston Community Association and the Reston Music Center. it organizes summer studies for teenage musicians with professional musicians. He has volunteered at homeless shelters and Whitman-Walker clinics for AIDS patients, where he also conducted pro bono law work. In 1985, the Board of Supervisors of the county honored him for his civic work, one of a number of community honors.


Calvin Frederick Larson was born September 28, 1923, on a dairy farm operated by his parents near Weyauwega, Wis., He grew up in an indoor plumbing house and went to a one-room schoolhouse.

He attended the University of Wisconsin but left during World War II for service in a special Army engineering unit based at Brown University in Rhode Island. The North America unit has never left but it was sent to California during the summer to pick grapes and to Quebec in the winter to learn French and ski, the Larson family said. After his release, he graduated from Wisconsin in 1948.

He was director of public relations on the Rocky Mountain chapter of AAA before he graduated from Denver University law school in 1965.

He married Nancy Nugent in 1951. As well as his wife, Reston, two children, Sarah Larson from Reston and Barbara Zaczek of Manhattan, Ill .; five grandchildren; and four former children.

In 1967, Mr Larson in Reston, who drew up the vision of his founder, Robert E. Simon Jr, of a planned and racially integrated community, where residents could work where they also lived and played.

Until his 90s, he practiced law in an office that was overlooking the Lake Anne Village Center. Most of the mornings, his family, said he swam to work from his home about half a mile on Lake Anne, changing from his Speedo swimsuit to a three-piece suit when he came to the office.

In 2009, Mr Larson removed the 100-paper paper he had for 18 years. He took it thinking that he would pass it on to his grandchildren.

“I wasn’t going to get up at 3 in the morning,” said Galen Mook.


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