Friday, May 25, 2012

Obituary for Laurence R. Dry, Jr., M.D., J.D.

Laurence Revelle Dry, Jr. died on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 72.

The son of Laurence Revelle Dry, Sr. and Mary Minetta Cron Dry, Larry was born on September 9, 1939, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the military boy’s school, Shattuck School, in Faribault, MN in 1957, received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1961, and later received his M.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in1966. While practicing as a General/Vascular Surgeon in Oak Ridge, TN, Larry attended the University of Tennessee Law School and received his J.D. in 1988. He practiced law in Oak Ridge, TN, until his death. He was a Major in the US Army.

Larry was an avid reader who enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time fishing, hunting, and competing in field trials with the Labrador Retrievers he bred. He enjoyed the warm climate of the Florida Keys and invited friends and family to accompany him fishing on No Name Key. His most recent pursuit was playing poker and he made two appearances in the World Series of Poker. Known for his hearty laugh, he enjoyed life to the fullest and lived it his way. 

Larry is survived by wife, Wanda McClure Dry, son Laurence (Carrie) R. Dry III, daughters Julie (Kenny) Mitchell, Mollie (Joe) Lacher, and Wendy Dry, and sister Carolyn Dry. He is also survived by granddaughters Alison and Lauren Dry, and Sara and Emma Mitchell. 

A memorial service will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm (EST) Friday, May 25th, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 212 N Tulane Ave, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 26th from 10-12 pm (CST) [11-1 pm (EST)], and funeral services at 12:00 pm (CST) [1pm (EST)] May 26th at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel, 202 N Main St, 26th in Jamestown, Kentucky. A burial service will follow at the Ballenger-Carnes Cemetery, Jump Off Road, Jamestown, KY. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent in Larry’s honor to: Carleton College, Gift Accounting, 1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, (email:, or to the Cemetery fund at: Nina McClure, Bank of Jamestown, P.O. Box 6, Jamestown, KY 42629.