Lawrence Heyl Jr. 1919-2008

HEYL–Lawrence, Jr. (b. October 1919), co-founder of the Princeton Hot Club, and longtime resident of Nyack, NY, died on May 5, after a long illness. The only child of Bertha and Lawrence Heyl (Associate Librarian at Princeton University), Larry was a graduate of Princeton Country Day, Lawrenceville, and Princeton (class of 1940). He joined the 9th Division of the Army in January 1941, landing at Normandy on June 12, 1944, following training in England, where he met a British private, Jean, at a dance in Winchester. They married four years later in NYC, while he was Associate Editor of Theatre Arts. Larry was a skilled photographer in the style of Cartier-Bresson, capturing the lives, in black and white, of his family, friends and Rockland County artists. He served on the boards of the Rockland Foundation and Edward Hopper House, and edited Nyack in Black & White (2005). Larry spent most of his career in the oil industry, first at Texaco and API, and then at Mobil, heading Investor Relations. A foe of artifice, prejudice, solecisms, superstition, and poor lighting, Larry is deeply missed by Jean, his wife of 60 years (now of Kendal in Sleepy Hollow), his two surviving children, Margery Heyl (director of Nonotuck Community School in Northampton, MA.) and Dorothy Heyl (a lawyer at Milbank Tweed) and their husbands, and his five grandchildren, Julie and Molly Heyl-Rushmer, Regina Heyl DePietro, and Emily and Gregory Nichols (children of Catherine Heyl, d. 1998). In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be given to Kendal on Hudson (for the healing garden) in Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 c/o Executive Director.
Published in the New York Times on 5/7/2008.


Author: Emily

Writer/ Librarian

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