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Lawrence Forsyth Mosher

March 25, 2022


Lawrence Forsyth Mosher


With his family by his side and photographs of a life that started in Southern California and stretched from the deserts of the Middle East to the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Zihuatanejo around him, Larry Mosher passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on March 25th in Leeds, Massachusetts A graduate of Stanford University (class of ’51) with a degree in journalism, Larry joined the Navy and served as a Lieutenant on a hospital ship during the Korean War. After leaving the Navy in 1954, Larry went onto an award-winning career in journalism that included being a writer and editor for Copley Press, where he worked in Hong Kong and Vietnam, ran it’s Middle Eastern bureau in Beirut, and ultimately moved to Washington, D.C. where he wrote on Middle Eastern affairs and Environmental issues for the National Observer, National Journal, The Economist, The Middle East Insight, and his own newsletter focusing on water issues, The Water Reporter. However, Larry’s first love was always the outdoors. Introduced to the mountains and hiking during Scout trips in the Sierras as a boy, over the years Larry became a passionate outdoorsman and an accomplished flyfisherman, sailor, skier (both Nordic and alpine) and rider. During his years in D.C., Larry and his family hiked most of the Appalachian Trail and sailed along much of the Eastern seaboard. Seeing the opportunity to combine his writing skills and enthusiasm for the mountains, Larry moved to Crawford, Colorado in 1990, where he stepped in as resident editor of the High Country News, a weekly focused on environmental issues in the West, while owning and operating a 20-acre horse ranch. After twenty years in Crawford, Larry retired to Crested Butte and, splitting his time between Colorado and his oceanfront home in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, he never lost his enthusiasm for either adventure or intellectual pursuits. He became involved in two non-profit organizations, the High Country Citizens Alliance, an environmental group focused on preserving the Gunnison valley, where he was Board Member and President and the Crested Butte Public Policy Forum where he was a founding member and president. Larry loved spending time with his many dear friends in the Gunnison Valley, sailing in Mexico aboard his boat the Lily Rose and skiing, hiking and river-running in Colorado. Larry lived his life to the fullest and leaves behind a lifetime of remarkable memories. His many friends in Crested Butte and his family, including daughters Kirsten and Honor, sister-in-law Joanie Mosher, granddaughters Lily and Hallie, and an extended family including Jim Schaeufele, Doug Hercher, James Cullinane, Jim and Katherine Bauerlein, will always remember him. He also wished to recognize amongst his wonderful friends of many decades his long time partner Mary Jarret and her daughters Sophie and Plumie. A memorial service will be held on August 20, 2022 at 11am in Crested Butte, CO at The Union Congregational Church, 403 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224. His family requests, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to these 501c3 org’s that were close to Larry’s heart: Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte P.O. 2256 Crested Butte, CO 81224 OR High Country Conservation Advocates P.O. Box 1066 Crested Butte, CO 8122

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Memorial Service
August 20, 2022

11:00 AM
Union Congregational Church (CO)
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