July 31, 1935 ~ July 7, 2009
Lawrence (Larry) Hom, a 39-year resident of Torrance, passed away quietly at home on July 7th after a long bout with cancer.
Born in Guangdong, China, Lawrence came to the USA in 1951 where he attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles – where all foreign born high-school age students were provided special opportunities to assimilate successfully at that time. It was there that he met his wife of almost 50 years, May.
After graduating from Polytechnic High School, Lawrence attended USC on a full scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, as well as a life-long passion for USC football.
Lawrence spent his career in the aerospace industry in systems analysis – first with Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, then Northrop Corporation in Hawthorne. He was very proud of his contribution to the development of the Saturn V rocket, part of the Apollo Space Program.
Larry's reputation as the "go-to, fix-it guy" as well as the logical voice of reason among family and friends was legendary. He thoroughly enjoyed cheering for all of his grandchildren in their many exploits, as well as for his beloved Trojans.
Lawrence is survived by his wife May; daughter Eleanor, her husband Brad and grandchildren Amanda, Nicholas & Alexander; son Edgar and grandchildren Lauren & Ryan, and their mother Sachi; sister Lynn Woo & brother Gordon Poy and their families.
For those wishing to remember Lawrence through a charitable gift, the family invites you to make a contribution in Lawrence's name at: www.heifer.org towards the procurement of WATER BUFFALOS for needy families in Asia. Caring for a water buffalo was part of Lawrence's youth in China. (Click "Gift Catalog" at the upper right, scroll down to find "Water Buffalo").
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, July 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance.
Please use this website: www.LAfuneral.com
to obtain directions to the gathering.
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