Compton, Lawrence V. (Deceased)
Larry was born in 1906 in Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1929. He earned a master’s degree in zoology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1935, and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II. He retired as chief biologist of the Agriculture Department’s Soil Service in 1974 at the age of 68, having spent most of his 39-year career as a biologist at the district, regional, and national levels. Among his programs was the development of farm ponds to breed catfish. He wrote many articles on fisheries, wildlife management, and soil conservation during and after his career. In 1971, he received the Soil Conservation Society Meritorious Service Award. He was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1946. His marriage to his first wife, Dorothy, ended in divorce. He had a daughter and two grandsons and three great grandchildren from his first marriage. His second wife, Erminie, died in 1993. Larry died on February 8, 2000, at the age of 93 of congestive heart failure at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Virginia.