Lawrence Carl Petrowski Obituary – The Arizona Republic

It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of the loss of our dear Colonel on July 4, 2022. Lawrence Carl Petrowski was born in Queens, New York on June 22, 1944 to Carl and Sally Petrowski and grew up in Long Island, gradually moving away from New York City until his family’s final move to Southold on the North Fork of Long Island. An outstanding student, after graduating from Southold HS in 1962, Larry attended Princeton University. Larry’s years at Princeton, where he majored in politics and began his military training at ROTC, were the defining years of his adult life. He maintained lifelong relationships with many Princeton friends and remained a loyal Tiger, serving on the National Schools Alumni Committee as well as others for the “Great Class of 1966”. Several family vacations included Princeton reunions and marches in the infamous P-rades. After Princeton, Larry attended Columbia Law School, graduating in 1969, before entering the United States Air Force, where he served as an active duty judge advocate from 1970 to 1977 and a reserve from 1977 to 1998, when he retired as a colonel. His military ties and service remained extremely important to him and strongly influenced his commitment to volunteering with veterans. Larry’s last active duty assignment was Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, where he fell in love with the wilderness and chose to begin civilian life in Phoenix. He built a strong and successful legal career as a founding partner of Storey & Ross and spent the last 25 years of his working life as a partner at Stinson LLP specializing in commercial and real estate law. A lucky blind date at a Christmas party in 1978 introduced Larry to Paula and resulted in 40 years of marriage. In retirement, Larry spent countless hours volunteering as Chairman of the Advisory Board of US Vets-Phoenix, an organization that provides housing and workforce training to transitioning veterans. He was also an active volunteer for the Hospice of the Valley Salutes program, which honors and recognizes hospice veterans for their service to their country. Despite the many career and educational successes and accolades, Larry’s most meaningful and happiest times were those he spent at home or traveling with his family and closest friends, whether he loved deeply, fiercely and loyally, and who were not ready to let go of their hold. on his physical presence. His absence creates a huge void in our lives, but we are blessed with a vast store of memories and stories that will comfort us in our grief and that we will delight in telling. Larry is survived by his wife Paula; children Lindsay Petrowski, Lauren Petrowski Poses (Justin) and Grant Petrowski; grandchildren Runner and Paloma Poses; sister Cynthia Petrowski; and his stepson Nicholas Kieffer. A memorial service for Larry will be held July 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 N Central, Phoenix. Gifts in Larry’s memory can be made at US Vets-Phoenix, https://usvets.org/locations/phoenix/ 3507 N Central Ave, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or Hospice of the Valley, https:/ /hov. org, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Posted on July 14, 2022

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