Published On: Wed, Nov 23rd, 2016

LARRY LEE LUING – BERKELEY COLLEGE PATRIARCH

LARRY LEE LUING, 86, of Boca Raton, died on November 17, 2016.

Larry portraitBorn April 24, 1930, in Rhodes, IA, to Donald and Ethel Luing, Mr. Luing was a young entrepreneur, selling milk, strawberries, greeting cards, garden seeds and household items door-to-door. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 143rd Field Artillery Battalion of the 40th Division in Korea.

After the war, Mr. Luing landed a job in the sales department at the Gregg Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he was responsible for selling textbooks to business schools around the country.

In 1965 he joined The Berkeley School as Vice President of Administration, and ultimately became President and Chairman of the Board. Under Mr. Luing’s leadership, the school earned regional accreditation and the license to award associate and bachelor’s degrees, and by the time of his retirement in 2001, had been renamed Berkeley College.

Mr. Luing was involved in various other business ventures during his lifetime.  He had ownership interests in the Concord Motor Inn, Keystone Court apartments and Chateau guest house in Stone Harbor, NJ.  He built The Leeward, a 24-unit condominium complex, also in Stone Harbor.  He operated Stafford Hall, a secretarial school in Summit, NJ, and was a partial owner of the Taylor Schools, London School of Publishing and London School of Insurance.

After retirement, Mr. Luing traveled extensively, including two years aboard his motor sailor, Quixote. He celebrated New Year holidays on each of the seven continents.  He was the author of two books and a study guide.

Larry had a quick wit and a generous loving heart. He was always ready to help those in need. Larry lived life to the fullest and in his later days had absolutely no regrets.

Mr. Luing is survived by his husband, Dario Espinosa, his sons, Kevin, Randy, Timothy and Brian, his grandchildren, Kelsey, Maxwell, Heather, Courtney, Brett, Erica, Allison, Matthew, Cassandra, Tyler, Danielle and Kayleigh, and his sister, Lois Cerka, of Nevada, IA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Luing made be made to the American Lung Association or Boca Helping Hands.

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