MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: R. Lawrence “Larry” Liss, 72
When R. Lawrence “Larry” Liss, of North Palm Beach, was a schoolboy in Indiana he was quite the basketball player, even being named captain of the basketball team at the University of Chicago.
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What did you do in your career in addition to the Academic Games?
I spent 30 years as an administrator with the Palm Beach County School District, working in career education and technology. I stopped working for the school district nine years ago.
What about your family?
I’ve been married 16 years to Carolyn. From previous marriages, we have five children and nine grandchildren. We are all very close. Three of the children and seven of the grandchildren live in Palm Beach or Broward counties. Family is the most important thing a person has.
What do you do for exercise?
I’m a bicycle rider, you know, with the helmets. I had a stroke two years ago which almost killed me, so I don’t ride as hard and as far as I once did. But, I still like to do 30-mile rides from North Palm Beach to Stuart and back.
What are you most proud of with your involvement with Academic Games?
AGLOA’s mission is to develop ‘Thinking Kids’ of excellence, character and integrity. With excellence, we strengthen their knowledge base. For character, we get them used to both winning and losing. For integrity, we teach them there are no short cuts.
What about travel?
My wife and I love to travel. We’ve been to the Middle East, Jordan and Israel, as well as all over Europe, including Ireland, Scotland, England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
What about church?
We belong to Christ Fellowship Church on Northlake Boulevard. We are involved with both marriage mentoring and basic financial counseling. It’s gratifying to be able to help people make their lives better, like when we hear that they were prepared for things that came up in their marriages or that they no longer have financial anxieties about making ends meet.