Lawrence J. Springer
Lawrence Jay Springer passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 under Hospice care, in his home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Springer was predeceased by both parents, Beatrice and Irvin Springer and his sister, Rona Hankin.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Springer, and his children: Paula Levy, Gregory Springer, Mahnaz Motevalli-Oliner and Mehrdad Motavalli and grandchildren: Daniel and Stephanie Levy, Brittany and Brooke Springer, Ryan and Tatiana Motevalli-Oliner and John and Joseph Motavalli.
Larry spent his life in music, beginning as early as elementary school. As a teenager he performed with other high school musicians to win four Paul Whiteman shows. He spent four years in the Navy serving aboard the USS Iowa while visiting and playing music all over the globe. After returning to Baltimore, Larry attended the Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became known for his musical talent. During his musical career he performed several times with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he was called for Broadway shows, and was the lead trumpeter with the Hank Levy Band in the 1960s.
Upon graduating from Peabody he became a music teacher in Baltimore County. He taught elementary and middle school before transitioning into administration. During his tenure he saved the lives of many young people, bringing the joy of music into their lives.
After retiring from teaching in 1989, he joined his wife to direct the Elderhostel at Peabody Conservatory. Under their leadership, that program flourished and brought music to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of senior citizens for the next ten years.
After leaving the Elderhostel, the Springers moved to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Larry, because of his administrative experience, was asked to be administrator of the local library until they found a permanent replacement…that lasted 15 years.
In the subsequent years, Larry spent time writing. He wrote plays, four of which were performed at the local community theater and his own memoirs.
In addition to his literary and musical prowess, Larry will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He brought humor and love to everyone he touched.
Funeral arrangements by Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to support The Ice House (Donate – Morgan Arts Council macicehouse.org) or The Morgan County Public Library (Morgan County Public Library – Friends of the Library mocolibrary.com).
Details for a memorial service at the Ice House to celebrate his life, will be forthcoming. Arrangements made with Rabbi Stucker -Rozovsky from Temple Beth El in Winchester Va.